EcoVillage 1 was meant to
influence industry and improve society in a small way. It was also to demonstrate
the 4 in 1 ROI ("return-on-investment") and profit the "quadruple bottom
line" (the planet, people, the future, and the economy), as detailed in our Corporate
Vision & Mission Statement (Corporate Mandate).
firm was to manage site planning & development, design & construction
of all buildings. The work would have included: design guidelines, environmental
mapping, ecological planning, community design, architectural design, engineering
and "pattern language" for a small sustainable community for 25-50 housing units.
Alternative construction methods (i.e. strawbale, rammed earth and SIPs were to
be used. There was to be no gas, water or sewer connections. Electrical connections
were to be made to export surplus green clean electricity to a gird dominated
would have been a "combustion-free" community, without any gas, coal, oil or wood
appliances. It would have tried to achieve an "Ecological Footprint" of 1 ha/person and
an energy target of >0.5 Wh/m2/DD of grid energy
and a minimum reduction of 80% Greenhouse Gas emmisions. Community income would
have been generated from: "tradable permits", environmental credits, renewable energy
and rental of work spaces inside and outside (urban farming, greenhouses, shared
pilot project was planned to demonstrate a fundamental paradigm shift from terminal
(fossil) fuels to a Sustainable Future and would have been unique in North America
and Europe. Construction was scheduled for the Spring of 2002 but has been put
on hold indefinitely until a new piece of land is found. It would not be heaven,
utopia or paradise. But it would focus upon and utilize the lessons and experience of
25 years of professional work in the sustainable building field.
presidents of: Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities,
the Canadian Home Builders Association and the
Canadian Housing & Renewal Association
have pledged support for this project. It would have been governed by the realities, opportunities,
constraints, challenges, compromise, and achievements of the real-world, as they
presented themselves. Together, we could have been part of the solution rather than the problem,
and have done our part to provide a living example of a better world and brighter future
for present and future generations.
our EcoVillage 1 (Bear's Paw - original location) concept
poster, site plan, and eco-inventory
the second location in NW Calgary
concept plan, site
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Jörg Ostrowski's resume.