Off Grid Straw Bale Retreat Centre and Lodge brough to you by Ontario Natural Buildings Coalition

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24 September

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wintergreen Studios


Off Grid Straw Bale Retreat Centre and Lodge brough to you by Ontario Natural Buildings Coalition

Wintergreen will be taking part in Ontario’s Natural Homes Tour in collaboration with Green Energy Doors Open, which will take place on a Su, day September 24. Take advantage of the emphasis on natural homes to see our lodge as well as many outbuildings, featuring both straw bale and cordwood construction. We have a total of six buildings that are made from straw and/or cordwood. One building, affectionately known as the Beach House, features both forms of sustainable building.

Many of our buildings feature living roofs, and our facilities are entirely off-grid. Come and learn more about our facilities and programs. Take a self-guided tour of the solar energy system, and enjoy a hike on our 200 acres of mixed woods and meadows.

Sustainable building techniques and environmentally respectful practices were the driving premises that guided the design of Wintergreen and that continue to guide our daily operations. Our lodge is built from locally grown straw, and was built with the help of Camel’s Back Construction along with Anglin Group Ltd. One wing is sheltered with an earth-covered living roof. Recycled barn beams are featured in the design.The cabins were built with hand tools, incorporating many recycled and reclaimed materials. Recycled materials include hardware, windows, and glass bottles. Reclaimed materials, such as 19th century architectural salvage—slate, beams, posts, doors, windows—are used throughout the cabins. Natural materials found on the Wintergreen site, such as stone, wood, and earth are also used. All of the buildings are off-grid. The lodge is powered by solar, propane, and wood energy. The solar system was designed by Quantum Renewable Energy. The cabins are primarily powered by wood and propane. The Ecoflo system is used for sewage treatment and management at the lodge. There are outhouses in various locations—one of the most environmentally friendly ways of dealing with human waste products.

Learn more about this home at this year’s Green Energy Doors Open event happening all across Ontario a long with Alberta and B.C. This home tour is in collaboration with the Ontario Natural Buildings Coalition and their annual Ontario Natural Buildings Tour.

Contact Info:
Rena Upitis

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