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Earth Dragon 

A local resource space for sustainable building and living, where people can see functioning renewable energy systems, natural building systems and water-sensitive, organic-method, pollinator-friendly land management in active use.


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 by Dr E.F. Shumacher in his work "Small is Beautiful" (termed by him at that time as "intermediate technology").


The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the most stringent green building standard in the world. 

The home here at Earth Dragon has been a registered LBC project from inception, built to the multiple petal standard of the LBC altho not yet certified*.  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 land-based rain water harvesting.  It was built on land already disturbed 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.  

It also employs an active solar heating system, composting toilet, seasonal greywater system 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. 

Timber Frame

Natural wood supplied from local sustainably managed forests
supplied by Zirnheldt Timbrames


Straw Bale Infill Walls

Locally supplied organic straw
from the north okanagan

Clay Plaster

2nd coat plaster.  Straw-fibre-reinforced plaster with additional seismic/wind load reinforcing mesh applied - building nearing completion

Clay Plaster

Clay soil harvested and processed on site makes up all exterior and most interior wall finishes

*Requirements and standards for petal status LBC certification have been stringently followed throughout construction, but for personal reasons, certification may yet not be pursued; decision is pending.