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 2019), will follow the research, design and construction of a small, customizable, privately owned home that meet the highest standards in the most replicable way possible.
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.
The home will be built on a residential lot. The planned “Land Partnership Model (currently on hold), will be demonstrated on a separate (5 acre) property on Gabriola.
Eco Healthy Homes Video* – 7 1/2 minutes.
*Text content – best to view on a computer rather than a smart phone.
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. The majority of the planning, legal, and communications services have been provided by volunteers and in-kind contributions.
As the demonstration phase requires land and construction funding, the featured house will be a collaboration. Tatha Cornish will provide the land, construction costs, long-term shared use of the home for research and demonstration, a location to build the Harmony Habitat-owned office and full project support.
We will continue to seek in-kind contributions to support our non-construction goals including: documentation, outreach communications and analyis.
The location for the research home is a south-west facing, half-acre, hillside lot on the South end of the island. Home construction is expected to begin in Summer 2019. You can learn more about the Research and Demonstration home on this page. You can learn about the guiding standards on this page.
Research and Demonstration Home – a demonstration in replicable deep green building solutions including the research, design and construction of a 575 sf, deep green mini-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 and reproduce the results achieve in the research home in sizes from 400 to 1000 sf (For more see:Builders’ Resource)
Land Partnership Model – a complete framework to enable two partners to co-own land and individually own their homes where accessory dwellings are permitted. (For more see: Land Partnership Model). This component of the project has been postponed.
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Thank you to the many amazing people who have lent their support to the project.
Extra special thanks to:
Ann and Gord Baird – EcoSense, Anna Paleta, Ali Hosein, Anthony Spick (Blackwell Engineering), Barry Bletcher, Bill and Diane Cornish, Bill Friedel – Orca Design, Bob Andrew, Bradley Bryan, Bruce Jamieson, Cindy McCaugherty – Rain Coast Homes, Chris Leek, Christine McKim, Chloe Straw and Jules Malloy (Close to the Sun), Cornish family, David Dale, Erin Grey, Ethan Krindle, Ian Ralston (TRAX Engineering), Jack Anderson (GreenPlan), Jenni Gehlbach, Joyce Cornish, Kate Reynolds, Katharina Gustavs, Laura Jean Kelly (Topographics), Laurie Burns, Lawrence Mayles, Les Mutch, Marianne Unger, Michael Wallace, Nancy Crozier, Paul Simmons and John Hessels (Lewkowich Engineering), Raincoast Homes (Cindy McCaugherty), Sheila Linfield, Summer Rain (Dan Foley), Teresa Beers, Tiffany and Ben Abram, Topographics Landscape Architects (Laura-Jean Kelly and Cameron Murray), Tobi Elliot, Trax Engineering (Ian Ralston), Valerie Elliot – ID2 Communications, Walter McGinnis – McGinnis Electric