Project Background

The Eco Healthy Homes Project is currently Harmony Habitat’s sole focus. Work on the project formally began in 2014 carring on from an earlier industry review. Over 40 volunteers and advisors have contributed to the planning work to date. Land and construction funding for the upcoming demonstration phase of the project is being provided privately. This page tracks the project progress back to the project’s conception in 2014.

Current (April 2019)

The hillside site already has the makings of a beautiful, resilient, low maintenance homestead. It has been designed for easy access to the multiple terraced levels; and to maximize rainwater and solar harvesting, outdoor living and a food forest approach to edible landscaping.

Site Development

We’ve spent the last few months, (fall 2018 to spring 2019), refining the multiple terraces, creating ramps and paths between them, and building interceptor drains, outdoor rock sitting areas, hugelkulture agricultural berms, and a small 86 square foot building with a loft for multiple uses during construction. Hydro has been hooked up and the shack will be completed this spring.

We’ve retained both the lower and upper driveway sections with a 130 foot rock retaining wall, planted a drought resistant/ no mow ground cover to prevent soil erosion on disturbed areas, and milled both site cut and local, sustainably sourced logs into lumber for use in the house.

We are now preparing for the building permit application in a few weeks and are awaiting final design refinement with expert input in structural engineering, energy/moisture modeling, and estimating.

Construction planning

From fall 2016 to Fall 2018, in preparation for construction, we:

  • surveyed and mapped the contours and trees
  • completed a basic plan for a regenerative and resilient site design including: renewable energy, perennial and annual vegetables, livestock, and aquaponics
  • felled several trees to clear the driveway and building site
  • established access with a rough driveway
  • installed 230 feet of interceptor drainage
  • designed the demonstration home
  • selected a list of drought resistant, plants with emphasis on evergreen and food producing plants
  • conducted a perc test and a soil resistance bearing test
  • Expanded our team of consultants*

* See:  collaboratorsand advisors.

Project planning

From 2014 – 2018, we developed a platform and a voice for the mission and Harmony Habitat became a uniquely non profit Community Contribution Company. Governance currently includes three volunteer directors. This structure supports the essential alliance of private and not-for-profit interests. We have:

  • completed the organizational development, background building science and industry investigations
  • developed advisory relationships with numerous industry experts
  • forged alliances with supporters and volunteers
  • developed a strategy for a win win collaborative path to change
  • researched and adapted our legal structure to a uniquely non-profit C3
  • created a website and video to promote the project vision
  • established an MOU for the mutual, long term use of the privately owned home for the demonstration project
  • began a demonstration-specific directory of deep green technologies and design options
  • shared project plans with neighbours and began a neighbourhood email list

Industry Review and Planning

  • The Industry Review conducted in Phase 1 is described on this page.

More

To learn about the unique non-profit organizational structure, and our list of directors, advisors, and collaborators, please visit the menu for the About tab on  our website. To read more about the project, please see the Eco Healthy Homes page and the pilot project page