Building Guidelines

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This a request, open for discussion. It has not been deliberated to consensus by the villagers. It will be agreed, modified, or tabled at the meeting of (not scheduled).

EcoReality has two possible models for building ownership within the co-op.

  • Option 1- Community ownership
    • The co-op will draft plans for the building, create a budget, hire the contractor(s), manage the project and be the landlord. Members set to live in the co-op owned houses will be required to make an initial investment plus pay a monthly maintenance fee.
      This sounds a bit sterile, bureaucratic, and outright repressive! We aren't looking for people who are expecting to have a "landlord." I see it more as working together with the future resident on planning, architecture, design, and building. I envision significant amounts of habitant and community labour, rather than "hire contractors." (A requirement for habitant labour may be a good thing to put in any zoning bylaw we get, to avoid having "green suburb developers" from using our zoning as a template to build tract housing on agricultural land.) --Jan Steinman
  • Option 2- Personal ownership
    • Each member will be responsible for building their own dwelling within the guidelines of the co-op. They will incur all costs and be responsible for all maintenance on the building(s).
  • EcoReality has set these guidelines for building:
    • Clustered housing is a priority. Houses will be built close together, possibly with shared walls and possibly with shared kitchens and bathrooms available to each unit by covered walkway. The goal is to share as many resources as possible, including heating, insulating walls, walkways, gutters etc.

Clustered housing reduces the footprint on the land and encourages interaction between the residents.

    • Buildings will be built using sustainable building methods. These include:
      • High "R" ratings for insulation
      • Tightly sealed and good quality windows and doors to restrict drafts
      • Recycled materials wherever possible
      • Earth building methods, including: cob, strawbale, adobe, rammed earth
      • Restricting non environmentally friendly materials, including: Cement, fiberglass insulation, plywood and particle board, pressure treated wood, commercial wood from clearcut logging, paint containing VOC's,

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