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.