A local student built urban house – equipped with sustainable energy systems and green building technologies last year – is now ready for tours, according to the Limestone District School Board.
The home is part of the Building Construction Internship Program in partnership with Braebury Homes Corporation.
The project – nicknamed ‘The Harvesting House’ – is being touted as an example of the Kingston community working together to construct a home that goes above the standard level of building practices, while making it the most energy efficient home possible.
One of the long term goals for the project was to create the Harvesting House as an interactive learning centre, and that grand opening will take place on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The house has an on-site classroom equipped for multimedia presentations about green innovations at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary student levels, which is also available for other members of the community who want to visit the education centre.
Students who tour the house will enjoy performing experiments, engaging in interactive activities & games, and hear lessons based on sustainability, energy, waste, and water.
The Harvesting House has over 20 green features and technologies, including:
· Geothermal System
· Solar Hot Water System
· Grey Water System
· Drain Water Heat Recovery
· and Double Wall Construction
The house is located off Centennial Drive at 1422 Crossfield Avenue, (north of Costco), and is available for students to learn about solutions, processes and actions that may inspire them become more energy efficient in their own lives for years to come.
Photo source: Harvesting House website