Project S.T.R.A.W. S aving T oday’s R esources in A wesome Ways
What are we doing?
We will be building a passive solar,
Strawbale house in Spring, 2010 at FELC
Joe Ferut, Architect
Mark Hoberecht, Natural Builder are
overseeing the project.
Why are we doing it?
We are committed to educating and inspiring the people of Seneca County to consider a passive strawbale house as an affordable, beautiful, energy efficient, natural and sustainable way to build.
Little Portion Green will demonstrate many alternative ways of using our natural resources in a responsible way that reflects our love for the earth.
Our goal is to reach zero energy.
Architect rendering of Little Portion Green
Passive solar design
Most windows are facing south
Low e, triple pane windows
Wind and solar power
ERV system – Energy Recovery Ventilation
Hybrid electric heat pump water heater
Concrete and tile floors
low flow toilets
European model drying closet
Cistern for rain water catchment
Interior finish – earth plaster (clay, sand)
Passive solar – winter/summer
ERV System – ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATION
The plan for Little Portion Green
Let’s look at some possibilities…
Windows Loewen windows – manufactured in Canada, sold in Toledo, Ohio
Heat Smart T.XT
two layers of low e coatings
two ½” air spaces with argon gas
may have one German made (Optiwin) window for demonstration purposes
The latest in water heaters an electric heat pump water heater A compressor and evaporator is integrated into the water heater. The evaporator draws in ambient heat from the surrounding air using two variable speed fans. Electric coils wrap the tank all the way to the bottom to transfer this heat into the tank and heat the water. An electronic back-lit LCD display at eye level lets you adjust temperature settings easily. Powered by PV panels Reduces water heating operating cost up to 62% saving up to $320 per year
Building with Strawbales Traditional Strawbale Load Bearing Post and Beam
Chapel of the Nativity, Spencer, WV.
A major consideraton….
Student built – Denison University
Volunteers a community endeavor
This summer, 2010 there will be two weekend strawbale workshops where participants will learn how to build with bales by building with bales!
We are depending on lots of volunteer labor
Money this too is a community endeavor Projected cost - $100.000 grass roots project: buy a bale for $100.00 Grants and larger donations we’re almost half way there
Dreams become a reality when we all work together Check us out: www.projectstraw.com