Project S.T.R.A.W. S aving T oday’s R esources in A wesome Ways
What are we doing?
We are building a passive solar,
strawbale house. It will be completed by summer, 2011.
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 net zero energy ( we will not use any more energy that we produce).
Architect rendering of Little Portion Green
Passive solar design
Most windows are facing south
Low e, triple pane windows
ERV system – Energy Recovery Ventilation
Hybrid electric heat pump water heater
Concrete and tile floors – heat sinks
Recycled materials: insulation (straw, millcell), roof, re-use railings and interior doors from convent
low flow toilets
LEED certified home
Most up to date energy efficient appliances
Rain garden utilizing water runoff from roof
Interior finish – earth plaster (clay, sand)
Passive solar – winter/summer
ERV System – ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATION
The plan for Little Portion Green
Looking in at our innovations…
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
Millcell - AN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY using 100% recycled glass bottles Millcell is now manufactured in Germany. It will be produced in the U.S. The first plant will be located in Central Ohio, with the promise of more plants in Ohio. Little Portion Green will be the first project in North America to use this product .
Millcell made it all the way and is now installed in Little Portion Green
Why solar? Electricity demand has more than doubled since 1970 and is expected to quadruple by 2030. More than 85% of the energy consumed in the U.S. comes from fossil fuels. Solar panels generate no emissions of greenhouse gases or other pollutants, thereby reducing global climate impacts. Solar electric panels operate silently because they have no moving parts. The life expectancy of a typical system is 40-50 years.
Compare this with coal
In 2006, the U.S. emitted 2.12 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (25% of the world’s emissions).
Worldwide coal supplies 40% of all electricity, but accounts for over 70% of the carbon dioxide emissions of the electrical sector.
James Hansen, acclaimed climatologist, says that to sustain the level of civilization we have now, we need to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below 350 ppm. Currently it stands at 387 ppm (parts per million).
The Arctic is melting
The pH of the oceans as changed dramatically.
“ Clean coal,” the industry’s new icon, represents an imprecise term describing ways to reduce the environmental impact of coal-based electricity.
Most often the term refers to the process of carbon capture & sequestration, where carbon dioxide is pumped into underground caverns and stored.
Carbon sequestration has not been demonstrated on a commercial scale at any coal-fired power plant.
The costs & lack of investment in the technology cast doubts about its economic viability even by 2020.
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
We are depending on volunteer labor, working with a general contractor and experienced builders, all of whom are volunteers.
We value the educational experience received and the enthusiasm generated as we engage a variety of folks in this innovative and exciting project.
Money this too is a community endeavor **need to sell 300 bales at $100 each *grants and larger donations
Dreams become a reality when we all work together Check us out: www.projectstraw.com