Horse Shed #2

This fall I built a new shed for my horse at the house we are renting in the Cowichan Valley.
It only took me 4 days and about $700… Stickframe construction is definitely fast and economical!
Not as pretty as a timber frame structure, but the horse doesn’t seem to care ;)
– I’ll post some picture of the timberframe shed I built in Kaslo soon.-
After all, this is a temporary building, as I’m renting at the moment.
The shed is designed and build so that you can relatively easily take it apart and move it.
Actually, the neighbour across the road has already offered to buy it when we have to move again :D

IMG_06621Our dog Shagga keeps me company.

IMG_067223 wall panels ready to go.

IMG_06753 My neighbour came along and helped me raise the walls.

IMG_0678Rafters installed…

IMG_06814Strapping…

IMG_06845And the roof is on!

IMG_0715- just in time for the rain :)

IMG_07046Being frugal I bought only 3 sheets of 3/8″ plywood, which covered most of the 2 walls. I used some plywood (white and red) that was laying around to fill the gaps – and add some colour interest at the same time.

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My horse Strootje is happy to try it out.

IMG_07238I didn’t plan on adding a 3rd wall, but I figured it would help cutting out the wind, so I salvaged some boards from the burn pile and build a 1/2 wall on the right side.

IMG_07249I covered up the gaps below the wall with some more salvaged boards.IMG_072910Et voilà: c’est fini! (finished)IMG_1212-1IMG_1254

 

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One million certified Passive House square metres!

Good news for the energy conservation movement: the Number of certified Passive House square metres has reached one million!
Read more in this news release form the International Passive House Institute.

Interestingly, this certified Passive House is a retrofitted 1922 arts and crafts style home in California, proving that it is possible to upgrade the existing building stock in North America to Passive House energy efficiency standard, preserving the embodied energy that is in these building and preserving our cultural heritage.

The people at Midori house didn’t stop after implementing Passive House energy conservation measurements. They also installed a solar hot water system and implemented water conservation measurements.

Read more about the Midori house at Greenspiration and at their own Midori Haus Blog.

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The Ridge featured with Innotech W&D

Innotech Windows and Doors featured the Ridge on their blog, including a great photo gallery created by Raven Eye Photography. Check it out here!

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Kaslo PH Frame raising

The construction of Kaslo Passive House is well under way!

The frame is raised and the walls are being build.

A huge Thanks to Daphne Hunter for taking these pictures!

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Ecocentric Design moved to Vancouver Island

This fall Ecocentric Design relocated to Vancouver Island!

We’ve moved to Glenora, near Duncan, in the Cowichan Valley, halfway between Nanaimo and Victoria.

We’re looking forward to Building Sustainable Dreams on Vancouver Island!

Find our updated contact info here.

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Is a Passivhaus Building a “Hermetically Sealed” box?

Here’s a good article clarifying “air tightness’ and ‘breathable construction’ :

Is a Passivhaus Building a “Hermetically Sealed” box? – PASSIVHAUS IN PLAIN ENGLISH & MORE.

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New Logo

Introducing Ecocentric Design’s new logo…

Ecocentric Design New Logo

The new logo of Ecocentric Design: Turtle carrying the Sun.

The turtle is a creature living on land and in water, in harmony with it’s environment.

The turtle carries her house on her back, ready to retreat when there is a threat.

The turtle is an indicator species,  sensitive to a clean ecosystem.

The turtle is a Native American symbol for the Earth, as North America is often referred to as ‘Turtle Island’.

Many tribal creation stories tell that Earth was born on the back of a turtle.

Hindu mythology tells of the world supported by four elephants, standing on a giant turtle, just as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld in modern times.

In the far East Turtle is a symbol of heaven and earth, the round shell representing heaven and the square underside the earth.

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The Turtle of Ecocentric Design carries the sun on it’s back.

The Sun, pure unlimited renewable energy and giver of Life – without the Sun there would be no life possible on the Earth.

The Sun brings Energy, Happiness and Joy.

The utilization of the Sun’s energy plays a crucial role in the sustainability of our homes, and our society.

“Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth. In Mother Earth is all that we need. She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her. [….] We must see the connection to all things. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the earth.”  (Read more here.)

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Whole Earth Summit

Head on over to Whole Earth Summit to listen to some inspiring visionaries!
Replays are available at http://wholeearthsummit.org/replay/

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Passive House in 90 sec.

Learn about Passive House in 90 seconds with this neat video by the people at http://pinwheelbuilds.com/

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Kaslo Water Street Plan Approved

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At last weeks’ council meeting (Dec 10, 2013), the above redevelopment plan of Water Street has been approved.

Curb and paving is set to happen in 2014, walkway and landscaping the next year.

Council had asked me to modify option 1 plan that the 2011 Water Street committee – in which I was involved – had proposed, reversing the parking on Water Street and incorporating safety recommendations of the June 2012 ICBC Road Safety Audit.
Also for safety reasons the parking pattern on 4th Street has been changed – to parallel parking.

The wide sidewalk, as a result of the parallel parking on 4th street allows for the installation of a few trees, which will cut down the wind that often blows up from the lake, and enhancing the view and streetscape simultaneously.

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