Sustainability 

 

This high performance GREEN building was built using many principals ofthe strict LEED (Leadership in energy and environmental design) code in its construction. It reflects local Kootenay Architecture such as the arched entryway, the board and batten outside walls, and steel roofing found in early mining town structures.  The walls are super insulated with local Roxal insulation. The post and beam frame was built by Son Ranch of Greenwood using dead standing timber on their woodlot.  There are two living roofs, geothermal heating and cooling, heat  recycling, and active and passive solar components in its environmental and energy saving design.

 

 

Solar Aquatics System

 

Also on the property is a state of the art Solar Aquatics Eco-Machine waste water processing system

 that was built with RDKB funds. 


Recently world renowned scientist, Dr. John Todd, the founder of this amazing technology, toured

the facility and shared some of the latest biological and technological research developments and

possible upgrades for our facility.


 

We are working toward training more local residents in the daily operations so that the existing

system can be used as an educational facility. Elementary, High School and University science

students can observe the different ways that plants, air and beneficial bacteria work together to clean

the water, using nature as a model. What better way to introduce our young people to lessons in

ecology, engineering, and environmental stewardship.