NW EcoBuilding Guild Class: Strategies for Deeply Affordable Green Housing – June 28


The BLOCK Project 

The founder of Facing Homelessness and principals of BLOCK Architects invite the community into the task of shelter and wrap-around care by placing a 120 square foot self-sufficient, off-grid housing unit on every residentially zoned city block in Seattle. It empowers all of us to create change, to rethink our use of space, and to be good neighbors to all of our neighbors. It invites us to shift the paradigm. Yes, in my backyard.

EcoThrive Housing Innovations Collective (ETHIC) 

The vision for this housing model grew out of bringing people together, homeless and housed, to make art and to discuss two questions: “What do you need to thrive?” and “What do you value?” Even after hundreds of conversations, responses consistently fell into two distinct categories, things that feed the body (water, food, and shelter) and things that feed the soul (art, beauty, and community).

Port Townsend EcoVillage

Conceived in 2003 by Kees & Helen Kolff, the Port Townsend EcoVillage is a community that encourages creativity: Trombe walls, light clay straw, living roofs, and earthen floors, double walls, SIPs, and wooden yurt kits. Strategies for affordability include shared housing, rental rooms, tiny houses, permaculture, loans, and a large, shared shop. On 7.5 small-town, urban acres, we made code concessions, but 29 adults and 14 children now call it home.

Fondation Enfant Jesus Children’s Center

Join us for a “wet paint” tour of this earthquake-resistant, LEED Platinum, net-zero, off-grid orphanage and parenting center now nearing completion in post-earthquake Port-O-Prince, Haiti. Thomas Knittel is the Project Architect. The Children’s Center is a joint collaboration between McLennan Design of Bainbridge Island, the US Green Building Council, the William J. Clinton Foundation, Delos, and Fondation Enfant Jesus.

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Sponsored by Mighty Energy Solutions, Small Planet Supplies, and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union.

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Refreshments at 6:30 PM, Program starts promptly at 7:00 PM

Phinney Neighborhood Center, Lower Building, Lower Level
6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
Enter Parking Lot off 67th, Additional Parking on Upper Level (Take steps)