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The Natural Home at Earth Dragon Homestead

The home here incorporates principles of appropriate technology: renewable energy, natural materials, passive solar design and simple engineering systems that are easily maintained and repaired.  It is designed to be net positive upon completion, or net zero with vehicle charging in future.


Appropriate technology is the choice and application of the most small-scale, decentralized, labour-intensive, energy-efficient, environmentally sound and locally autonomous technology suited to a task.  This concept was originally articulated as "intermediate technology" by Dr E.F. Shumacher in his work "Small is Beautiful".


The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the most stringent green building standard in the world. and the home here at Earth Dragon was a registered LBC project from inception, built to the multiple petal standard of the LBC.  This 1288 square foot code-approved home, like many green homes, employs passive solar design, daylighting, roof top solar electricity, solar domestic hot water and rain water harvesting.  It was built on previously disturbed land and every effort has been made to make choices of appropriate technology and lowest possible embodied energy of all materials and methods used in construction.   

Innovatively, it also employs an active solar heating system, seasonal greywater re-use and a super-insulated envelope that is close to Passivhaus standardUnlike many straw bale homes in a northern climate, it does all this as a fully Natural Building.  It is made primarily of straw, stone and earth, with earthen and lime plaster wall finishes and only a limited amount of high-carbon-footprint concrete.  Almost all the materials within it can be reused, recycled or composted at the end of its long life cycle. 

Earth Dragon


is intended to promote awareness and knowledge of sustainable building and living strategies and to promote hands-on learning about sustainable building and living skills.   I dreamed of building my own natural home for many years and had to travel far and wide to find my inspirations.  


I offer up my home, innovative for its design and type for this region, to allow others in this community and region to see what’s possible - to have a high-performance green building; to be made primarily of natural, local materials; to have a low-carbon footprint and sequester carbon; to be a clean, toxin-free living space and to be designed and hand-built by a woman.  





Earth Dragon is the website of Wendy McLean, previously owner of Split Rock Sustainable Technologies.  Wendy has closed the business in renewable energy sales & installation to focus on the homestead here at Earth Dragon.  For Renewable Energy Systems, please contact our highly qualified friends at Integrated Power Systems in Kelowna, BC: