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Project S.T.R.A.W

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Project S.T.R.A.W

  1. 1. Project S.T.R.A.W. S aving T oday’s R esources in A wesome Ways
  2. 2. What are we doing? <ul><li>We are building a passive solar, </li></ul><ul><li>strawbale house. It will be completed by summer, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Ferut, Architect </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Hoberecht, Natural Builder are </li></ul><ul><li>overseeing the project. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why are we doing it? <ul><li>We are committed to educating and inspiring the people of Seneca County to consider a passive strawbale house as an affordable, beautiful, energy efficient, natural and sustainable way to build. </li></ul><ul><li>Little Portion Green will demonstrate many alternative ways of using our natural resources in a responsible way that reflects our love for the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to reach net zero energy ( we will not use any more energy that we produce). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Architect rendering of Little Portion Green
  5. 5. Features <ul><li>Passive solar design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most windows are facing south </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low e, triple pane windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>solar power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERV system – Energy Recovery Ventilation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hybrid electric heat pump water heater </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete and tile floors – heat sinks </li></ul><ul><li>Recycled materials: insulation (straw, millcell), roof, re-use railings and interior doors from convent </li></ul><ul><li>low flow toilets </li></ul><ul><li>LEED certified home </li></ul><ul><li>Most up to date energy efficient appliances </li></ul><ul><li>Rain garden utilizing water runoff from roof </li></ul><ul><li>Interior finish – earth plaster (clay, sand) </li></ul><ul><li>Permaculture landscaping </li></ul>
  6. 6. Passive solar – winter/summer
  8. 8. Harvest Build <ul><li>The plan for Little Portion Green </li></ul>
  9. 9. Looking in at our innovations… <ul><li>Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Water heater </li></ul><ul><li>Solar panels </li></ul><ul><li>Insulation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Windows Loewen windows – manufactured in Canada, sold in Toledo, Ohio <ul><li>Heat Smart T.XT </li></ul><ul><li>Triple glazed, </li></ul><ul><li>two layers of low e coatings </li></ul><ul><li>two ½” air spaces with argon gas </li></ul>may have one German made (Optiwin) window for demonstration purposes
  11. 11. The latest in water heaters an electric heat pump water heater A compressor and evaporator is integrated into the water heater. The evaporator draws in ambient heat from the surrounding air using two variable speed fans. Electric coils wrap the tank all the way to the bottom to transfer this heat into the tank and heat the water. An electronic back-lit LCD display at eye level lets you adjust temperature settings easily. Powered by PV panels Reduces water heating operating cost up to 62% saving up to $320 per year
  12. 12. Millcell - AN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY using 100% recycled glass bottles Millcell is now manufactured in Germany. It will be produced in the U.S. The first plant will be located in Central Ohio, with the promise of more plants in Ohio. Little Portion Green will be the first project in North America to use this product .
  13. 13. Millcell made it all the way and is now installed in Little Portion Green
  14. 14. Why solar? Electricity demand has more than doubled since 1970 and is expected to quadruple by 2030. More than 85% of the energy consumed in the U.S. comes from fossil fuels. Solar panels generate no emissions of greenhouse gases or other pollutants, thereby reducing global climate impacts. Solar electric panels operate silently because they have no moving parts. The life expectancy of a typical system is 40-50 years.
  15. 15. Compare this with coal <ul><li>In 2006, the U.S. emitted 2.12 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (25% of the world’s emissions). </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide coal supplies 40% of all electricity, but accounts for over 70% of the carbon dioxide emissions of the electrical sector. </li></ul><ul><li>James Hansen, acclaimed climatologist, says that to sustain the level of civilization we have now, we need to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below 350 ppm. Currently it stands at 387 ppm (parts per million). </li></ul><ul><li>The Arctic is melting </li></ul><ul><li>The pH of the oceans as changed dramatically. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Clean coal? <ul><li>“ Clean coal,” the industry’s new icon, represents an imprecise term describing ways to reduce the environmental impact of coal-based electricity. </li></ul><ul><li>Most often the term refers to the process of carbon capture & sequestration, where carbon dioxide is pumped into underground caverns and stored. </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon sequestration has not been demonstrated on a commercial scale at any coal-fired power plant. </li></ul><ul><li>The costs & lack of investment in the technology cast doubts about its economic viability even by 2020. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Mountaintop removal
  18. 18. Building with Strawbales Traditional Strawbale Load Bearing Post and Beam
  19. 19. Chapel of the Nativity, Spencer, WV.
  20. 20. Traditional Strawbale
  21. 21. Aesthetics <ul><li>A major consideraton…. </li></ul>
  22. 24. Student built – Denison University
  23. 27. Hoberecht Cottage
  24. 30. Volunteers a community endeavor <ul><li>We are depending on volunteer labor, working with a general contractor and experienced builders, all of whom are volunteers. </li></ul><ul><li>We value the educational experience received and the enthusiasm generated as we engage a variety of folks in this innovative and exciting project. </li></ul>
  25. 31. <ul><li>Money this too is a community endeavor **need to sell 300 bales at $100 each *grants and larger donations </li></ul>
  26. 32. Truth window
  27. 33. Dreams become a reality when we all work together Check us out: