The public is invited to tour a straw bale eco home as part of both Green Energy Doors Open and the Ontario Natural Building Coalition's Home Tour!
Situated on a property with an eco-friendly, biodiverse half acre garden with rare native wildflowers and grasses, this post and beam building features straw bale insulation, Unisolar panels on roof (with 20 NiCad battery storage) along with solar thermal. The home has a steel roof and a green roof adorns the carport. The home was built for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities and materials used are non-toxic. The home also features in-floor heating and a masonry stove.
Originally designed as flexible co-housing with 3 semi private units and about 1000 sq common area with main kitchen, the 4500 square foot house is currently being prepared for sale with renovations and repairs from the Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction.
- Plastered straw bale wall infill main floor wall construction
- Veneer, lime gypsum plaster used throughout the interior walls, no mudding and taping
- Integrated solar panels 2.6Kw system with battery back up.
- Solar how water
- 20 NiCad batteries in the basement connected to critical bypass panel
- LED lighting used through out
- Skylights through out for natural lighting and ventilation.
- Triple Glazed fiberglass windows
- Roof insulated with mineral wool to R60
- Standing seam steel roof
- Soap stone window sill internally
- Wisa Board used extensively inside and out
- Strawboard was used for cabinets
- Maple kitchen, trim and doors
- Bamboo flooring used in some locations.
- PSL (parallel strand lumber) load bearing beams and posts used throughout
- Durisol (now Nexcem) used for the foundation
- Shoji Panels made with handmade paper panels on plexiglass
- green roof on carport
- unpaved driveway
- paths in garden are made of coregravel and gravel and 100% permeable
- Viessmann gas boiler
- infloor heating in all floors - mostly concrete and some bamboo
- house has one masonry wood fireplace in living room, and 2 soapstone wood stoves in the wings