We are hosting a straw bale eco home open house!

On Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th the public is invited to tour an amazing eco-home that was renovated by the Fourth Pig. This open house is part of Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's  Green Energy Doors Open (on Saturday) and the Ontario Natural Building Association's Natural Building Tour (on Sunday). The house is located at 1033 North Took Lake Road, Baysville, Ontario.

You can can also learn more about the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-op (LOBREC) 

We converted this leaky and poorly insulated '60s home in Lake of Bays, Muskoka, to a quiet, comfortable year-round family haven through a combination of straw bale wrap, dense pack cellulose, an additional exterior wall and straw bale insulated addition.

Zola windows and doors feature FSC wood frames with environmentally friendly finishes, aluminum cladding, triple glazing, and thermally broken and insulated frames. We modeled the home in the Passive House software, PHPP, to help us maximize our energy savings. We used FSC lumber and No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) sheet goods, zero VOC eco-friendly adhesives, finishes, sealants, and tapes.

The interior walls are finished with a clay-based earth plaster. The exterior walls are finished with a clay-based plaster with lime stabilization. Limecrete was used for slab floors in the basement (treated with hemp oil, citrus solvent, and carnauba wax floor finish). Interior retaining walls were made with rammed earth. Lath and plaster were used for all interior walls to improve sound quality and durability and avoid toxins, mold vulnerability and the embodied energy of drywall. 

The house contains the highly efficient Ultimate Air ERV. A small European wood boiler/fireplace and solar hot water system provide most of the heat and hot water needs for this home year round. Steel roofing and sheet metal were chosen for longevity, durability and recycling.