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Transition Salt Spring Eco Home Directory

Learn about the unique features of Salt Spring Island’s many eco-homes. Browse stories from homeowners, discover suppliers, resources, and solutions to help you green up YOUR home + garden.

 

Eco Home Tour: What’s it all about?

Passionate owner-builders. Innovative designs. Lush, locavore landscapes. See all this and more at Transition Salt Spring's biannual eco-living and home tour. This short film is a snapshot into this great event, happening next in July 2019. Join Transition Salt Spring...

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Half-moon passive solar perch

Passive solar house and organic farm. Owner design-build. The site The land is a reclaimed old rock quarry and the house is sited in a south-facing bowl overlooking a pond and meadow. An adjacent wetland is protected by conservation covenant. The owner is an...

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High style container home

Four repurposed shipping containers provide a compact super-insulated hideaway overlooking the ocean. Heat pump and heat recovery ventilator (HRV). The site The site is ecologically sensitive and has a steep drop off to the ocean. The container home minimized site...

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Remodeled oceanfront home from 1920’s

Old house with various additions was completely remodeled in 2012 and now includes ductless heat pump, grid-tied PV system, rainwater catchment, both fenced and unfenced deer-proof permaculture gardens, and Salt Spring’s first Chevy Bolt. History The original house...

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Green City Builders: Net-zero in action

New net-zero 600 sq. ft. super-insulated office, showroom and storage space designed for environmental sustainability, low maintenance and low operating costs. Located in Ganges village to reduce travel and related GHG emissions. Designed and built by Green City...

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Farm to Cafeteria: an excellent school garden project

Farm to Cafeteria project at Gulf Islands Secondary School. Greenhouse with hydroponics and aquaponics growing systems and Tilapia, rainwater collection, worm composting and composting systems, and garden. Objectives To provide students with advanced culinary skills;...

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Sunnyside passive solar house

Owner-built small passive solar home with grid-tied PV system, heat pump, HRV and underground rainwater harvesting tanks for micro-drip garden irrigation. Design A passive solar design from a permaculture magazine and stock floor plan were adapted for this compact...

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The Glass Foundry: recycled glass art

The Glass Foundry uses super-efficient furnace design and recycled glass. Philosophy The Glass Foundry is all about recycling, responsible energy use, ecology and art. Owner Mark Laukner has redesigned the traditional glass furnace to eliminate much of the heat loss...

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A subtropical hydroponic greenhouse

Unique 6,000 sq. ft. greenhouse with hyperadobe heat storage wall, high efficiency wood gasifier furnace and water storage cistern, experimental anaerobic digester, rainwater harvesting, commercial hydroponic lettuce production and subtropical fruit production....

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A Straw Bale Home crafted by hand

Off-grid straw bale home: Andrew & Adina 1350 sq. ft home; water catchment system, greywater systems, passive solar design, solar panels for electricity, solar hot water panels for radiant floor heating. Plus yurt and permaculture gardens. Close to Ganges for easy...

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Featured Green Contractors

  Biogas Digester Off-Grid Gas and Fertilizers, Kealan Gell kealan@offgridgas.org   Builders Green City Builders, Sam FitzZaland 250-537-6296 www.greencitybuilders.ca   Container homes Honomobo www.honomobo.com   Electricians Bearfoot Renewables, Jeff Chamberland...

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Living the Green Dream with Windsor Plywood

Windsor Plywood is a proud sponsor of this year’s Transition Salt Spring Eco Living and Home Tour. Here are just some of the ways Windsor supports green building on the island, by offering expertise and sourcing local, green, and renewable products for sustainable...

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B.E. Design Works

BE Design Works is an Interior Finishes Showroom with a wide range of products.  We are proud that a large portion of our products are highly rated green products and were possible, we supply materials which are as local as possible.  Our extreme green products...

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