Little Portion Green Northwest Ohio’s firstpassive solar strawbale house on the campus of St. Francis Tiffin, Ohio Architect – Joe Ferut, Elyria, Ohio Natural Building Consultant – Mark Hoberecht, Strongsville, Ohio
Sisters Janet and Janemoved into the house in December of 2012.The house is a project of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center and willcontinue to be used as a demonstration and educational tool for alternative energy and green building.It was built with the aid of generous donors and committed volunteers.
Sister Jane experienced first hand the devastation ofmountaintop removal mining while living in West Virginia. Thisserved as a motivation to build a house that gets it’s electricity from the wind and the sun and not fossil fuels from coal.
Worldwide coal supplies 40% of allelectricity, but accounts for over 70% of the carbon dioxide emissions of the electrical sector.
Passive solar design Large windows are facing south Low e, triple pane windows ERV system – Energy Recovery Ventilation Hybrid electric heat pump water heater Mini ductless split heating & cooling LED lighting Recycled materials: insulation (straw, millcell), counter-tops, roof, clay tiles low flow toilets Most up to date energy efficient appliances Natural interior finish – earth plaster (clay, sand) Permaculture landscaping
ERV System – ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATION Because the house is rated at R-70, it is a very tight envelope. The ERV is the energy recovery process of exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted air and using it to treat the incoming outdoor air. In the summer, the system precools and dehumidi- fies and in the winter it preheats and The ERV system improves indoor air quality and humidifies.reduces energy cost. Humidity is maintained at an appealing 40% to 50%.
This small but mighty system is basically a heat pump. It works great for very efficient homes. There are no ducts so there is not a lost of energy commonly associated with ductwork. The compressor/condenser is outside.
Loewen windows – manufactured in Canada, sold in Toledo, Ohio Heat Smart T.XT •Triple glazed, • two layers of low e coatings •two ½” air spaces with argon gasTouch the windows in winter – warm as the house
The latest in water heaters an electric heat pump water heaterA compressor and evaporator is integrated into the water heater.The evaporator draws in ambient heat from the surrounding air using twovariable speed fans. Electric coils wrap the tank all the way to the bottom totransfer this heat into the tank and heat the water.An electronic back-lit LCD display at eye level lets you adjust temperaturesettings easily.Reduces water heating operating cost up to 62% saving up to $320 per year
Millcell is manufactured in Germany.Little Portion Green is the first project in North America to use this product. We have 26” under the concrete slab.
special framing of the windows will allow a clay and straw mix (cobb) to be applied inside the framing. This guarantees air tight insulation as well as the beauty of rounded edges around the windows.
The first 2 coats consist of2 pts. sand and1 pt. clayThe finish coat consists of2 pts. clay and1 pt. sand with acolorant added.
Clay relief with grapevineThe niche with St. Francis and our mascot, the inchworm
National Machinery Foundation Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin OSS Solid Waste District Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Kneeskern Family Foundation David & Gail Steinmetz Tithing Fund Arthur Friemoth Estate Republic Lumber Clouse Construction – Andy Schroeder County Electric Tim Bell – Maple Grove Stone Co. Briedenbach House Painting Michael & Cathy Carr Juanita Fenton Crystal Traditions Ewald Furniture Gordon Design Gallery Louie & Millie Lee Mike Langenderfer- The Countertop Shop Lowes of Tiffin Precision Continuous Gutters Connie Sauter .
Seneca Tile Tony Anese Masonry Steve Shaferly Curt Smith Richard S. Swartz Whirlpool of Clyde White Family Fund of the Tiffin Charitable Trust Tiffin Deluxe Estate of Alice Hay Estate of Catherine Omlor Tiffin Deluxe
John Baer George Marsh Alivia Brown Tim Meeker Brandon Brause Sr. Barbara Jean Miller Jay Budde Joe Moore John Cochrane, Jr. Lenny Perna Carol Coffman Merre Phillips Kevin Creamer Donna Reimer Barb Dantuona Ron Ruffing Mark DeBarbrie Sr. Paulette Schroeder Melissa Demoss Ken Schroth Tom Gerschutz Ron Shank Milt Gibson Joe Snyder J.D. Griffiths Dave & Gail Steinmetz Sr. Janet Hay David Swartz Don Kin Mike Ubri Vince Kirchner Steve Ubri Gugu Malusalila Sean Walker
Jim Long – stained glass window Aiden Sully – 2 brilliant cut glass windows Sr. Jane Omlor – grapevine clay relief Mike Reimer – finish carpentryGratitude for all those who participated in the two strawbale workshops Thanks to St. John’s Jesuit High School Heidelberg University Bowling Green State University Bridges Community Academiy
Little Portion Green is open for tours After Easter, 2013, Sunday Brunch plus a tour will be available by reservation Volunteers are needed for landscaping in the spring & summer of 2013 Call Sister Jane at 567-207-5393 for more information