Update: Thank you all! Despite heavy rains in the morning, the day cleared and we welcomed more than 150 attendees from all parts of the south Island, the Cowichan Valley and even a few visitors from Vancouver. Such was the enthusiastic response that we’re planning an encore in 2017 — Saturday, October 14 to be precise. Please check back for details as they become available.
Eager to live more independently, tap into nature’s energy grid, lessen your environmental footprint and save money in the bargain? The first Sooke Ecohome Tour offers seven examples of how the renewable energy revolution is taking root right here in the region.
Tour stops include the super-efficient Harbourside Cohousing on the Sooke waterfront; the cob cottage at lovely ALM Organic Farm; a rammed-earth home in Otter Point under construction by Earth House Holdings; a newly built tiny home made largely from found and recycled materials; and a trio of private residences — two with solar arrays installed by Viridian Energy Co-operative and a third constructed of natural materials by Keary Conwright Natural Homes.
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Get practical ideas on how to retrofit your home for immediate energy efficiency improvements while exploring what’s possible atop and under your own roof in the future.
Meet with the homeowners and their special guests as you investigate natural building construction, rooftop solar, rainwater catchment systems, grey water irrigation, radiant in-floor systems, heat pumps, permaculture gardens and outdoor solar cookers.
Your hosts will include a local farming legend, two former Red Cross International aid workers and their kids, a barista extraordinaire, an intentional wellness specialist and her airline pilot husband, a wildcrafter residing with his family in a newly constructed tiny home, and the members of one of Canada’s most celebrated cohousing ventures.
Tickets will be available only on the morning and early afternoon of event day, Oct. 8th, at the Stick in the Mud Cafe, on Eustace and Otter Point roads in the heart of Sooke starting at 9:30 a.m.
Ticket prices: $5 per individual; $10 per carload (car pooling encouraged!); free to pedestrians and cyclists.