The Eco Healthy Homes Project is uniting experienced change-makers to develop replicable, deep green home building solutions.

Gabriola Island Eco Healthy Homes Pilot

Making sustainable, attainable… 

Please see the introduction to the Eco Healthy Homes Project on this page.

The Phase 2 demonstration project, (starting spring 2021), will follow the research, design and construction of a small, customizable, privately owned home.

Design goals for the wood framed home will be guided by leading green building rating systems, including Living Building Challenge, a European approach to Passive House, and additional unique health and economic criteria.

Documentation and communications will publicize the challenges, solutions and opportunities discovered. See the Research and Demonstration Home page for a list of goals.

Project Partners and Support

Since 2013, over 40 collaborators, advisors and volunteers have helped Harmony Habitat shape our organization and the planning of this project. Expenses to date have been funded by Tatha Cornish, one of our three volunteer co-directors. Many of the planning, legal, and communications services have been provided by volunteers and in-kind contributions.

The privately owned featured house will be a collaboration with one of our co-director Tatha Cornish, who will provide the land, construction costs, long-term shared use of the home for research and demonstration.

We welcome contributions to support our non-construction goals including: documentation, outreach communications and analyis.

Building Site

The location for the research home is a south-west facing, half-acre, hillside lot on the South end of the island. You can learn more about the Research and Demonstration home on this page. You can learn about the guiding standards on this page.

Project Objectives

Research and Demonstration Home –  a demonstration in replicable deep green building solutions including the research, design and construction of a 600 sf, deep green home.  (For more see: Research and Demonstration Home)

Communications and Outreach – a corresponding communications campaign following the construction process to raise awareness about the benefits of deep green homes and generate demand for the solutions and products utilized.

Builder’s Resource –  a digital builder’s resource to enable any builder to customize an eco home design in sizes from 400 to 1000 sf (For more see:Builders’ Resource)

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