Building an Affordable, Sustainable Home

November 2, 2016 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

green_homeThe Endeavour House racks up big savings compared with a conventional, similarly sized home in Ontario.

Several years ago, an empty urban lot in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, sparked an interesting and exciting debate among our faculty at The Endeavour Centre, a nonprofit sustainable-building school based in the city: What would it take to build the “greenest” home in Canada? And could such a home blend into an existing neighborhood and meet conventional cost and building code expectations?

In 2012, we set out to answer those questions, as the design and construction of such a house became the focus of our six-month Sustainable New Construction program. A group of eight students joined our faculty and guest instructors to attempt to meet the highest standards we could imagine for a residential construction project.

Read Building an Affordable, Sustainable Home by Chris Magwood at Mother Earth News.

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Entry filed under: Energy, Housing, How-To, Renewables, Students/Youth.

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