Natural Building and Energy Systems
Our commitment to using local and sustainably produced products as well as minimizing our impact on the environment extends to the off-grid EcoVillage we are creating. We have developed a Building Code specific to the vision of Living Roots and it is being applied to our first building projects in the Temporary Housing Village where we are building tiny cabins to house our Visiting and Prospective Members.
We are very excited about the Temporary Housing Village Building projects not only because it gives us space for new members, but also because it gives us practice and experience in a variety of building techniques. Our intention is to have a sampling of different building techniques and energy systems so that incoming members have a chance to live in and experience the pros and cons of each before deciding on the type of home and energy systems to use for themselves once they become full members. See the Kickstarter for the Temporary Village Project for more information.
Type of off-grid housing that meet our guidelines include (but most definitely aren’t limited to)
- Rammed Earth
- Earth Bag
- Earthship (tire wall)
- Light Straw-Clay
Energy independence is another key part of the EcoVillage vision. While the bunkhouse and workshop are still currently grid-tied, our future projects will be off-grid. Wood is abundantly available in Southern Indiana and should remain so as long as it is sustainably harvested. It in combination with energy efficient designs of our homes (enhancing solar gain, proper insulation and energy efficient wood stoves) will serve as the predominant heat source for the EcoVillage. Solar and geothermal units will be the most likely alternative energy systems used.