Solar + Wind Project: The Wilson Natural Home
Wonderful article about the Wilson Natural Home from Private Power Magazine, written by Peter Forint. For information or to subscribe to Private Power Magazine click here.
Living Spaces exhibit - outstanding examples of Canadian homes
By keeping a journal
of the process of designing and building the Wilson Solar house you too
can learn what it takes to make solar living a reality. The house is being
built on a 10 acre lot near Hockley Valley about 1 hour north of Toronto.
The house is being built for Leigh Geraghty and John Wilson. (E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org). Occupancy
date was May 1, 2001.
- Take the full tour that documents the construction.
Read the Toronto
Star article which hails this home as "Energy-efficient house is
a model of sustainable living Family taps into solar and wind power"
and "When it comes to living green, you can't do much better than
the Wilson family." and "On most days, their hydro meter even
runs backward at times as they export electricity to Ontario's power grid.
It's a great example of what one family can accomplish in doing what's
right for the environment." - Toronto
Find out more informatin about the architect and designer of this home - Martin Liefhebber at Breathe By Association.
Build a house that is powered by the sun. Demonstrate that through the combination of best practices currently available a family can live with all modern conveniences.
Based on the principles of "health housing" as exemplified in the award winning designs of Martin Liefhebber.
Colin Richards is building the house. His company is C & R Construction. His crew includes Bernie, Doug and Richard. Occasionally John Wilson and Leigh Geraghty, the owners, spend a day or two during vacations helping out. Ian and Claire have also provided assistance. Martin Liefhebber is frequently on site reviewing the design and construction challenges with Colin.
C & R Construction and Colin Richards can be contacted at the following email address: email@example.com
In-floor heating system by Alternative Combined Energy Systems, contact Lyle Jory, (416) 863-5835 or (888) 773-6893, P.O. Box 546, Sta. P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2T1. ACES specializes in radiant floor heating, solar heating and heat pumps.
The straw bale construction was coordinated and constructed by Camel's Back Construction. Pete, Chris and Tina know just about everthing there is to know about straw bale construction as they have developed many of the new ideas and concepts in this brilliant construction material. To find out more about this great team of straw bale home builders check out there web site at - http://www.strawhomes.ca/. They are the BEST! Literally they wrote the book on straw bale home construction. It is a great book, a must read for anyone contemplating building with straw.
Get the book before you design and build.
Some good web site resources which Chris and Pete recommend in their book are: