We have passed another milestone – the hydrological engineer submitted his Riparian Area Report to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO) with a site design plan to protect the area around the pond and the ravine – and it has been approved by the Ministry: “The Ministry hereby provides notice that this report meets the assessment and reporting criteria for the Riparian Areas Regulation.” We can now proceed with the site plan as designed for 30 homes and a community building. Check out the timeline page for more progress and upcoming events.
We have been in discussions with a number of potential builders of manufactured homes, modular homes and SIP (structural insulated) panel construction. After weighing the pros and cons, we have decided the SIP panel method will be the best for our project. It provides many advantages: design versatility (including the ability to add lofts), easier delivery, quick assembly of the structure, cost-effective, long-lasting, and the SIP panels are environmentally friendly.
One of the companies that we are currently working with is VersaMod Designs Inc. Chris Pedersen and Rick have a lot of experience building affordable small homes – including for workforce housing, temporary housing and emergency shelters. We are also working with Kerry and Donna from Korolite Engineered Panel Structures Ltd., who are providing the SIP panels. Korolite is a subsidiary of a larger company Mansonville Plastics, with a large manufacturing facility in Surrey, BC.
The SIPs are a sandwich of metal with built-in EPS insulation (expanded polystyrene), which is an environmentally friendly (no CFCs) & recyclable material. SIPs are shipped flat, then the structure is assembled. The walls, floor and roof are all SIPs. These panels retain their R value over time, unlike walls with fiberglass insulation. Mansonville Plastics is a recycling depot for EPS; they manufacture a number of other interesting products such as the growing containers for the reforestation industry. Korolite is a member of the Canada Green Building Council.
Preliminary home designs are forthcoming and, once available, will be posted on the website.