When we began the Elkington Forest conservation community we committed to the highest degree of protection for water quality. We committed to ensuring that rainwater runoff after development would be as near as possible to the quantity, quality, location and timing as rainwater runoff prior to development. To achieve this, we prepare engineered Rainwater Management Plans to accompany the submission of all our building permits and development permits.
There are, however, a range of more advanced types of water harvesting, storage and treatment that could be undertaken. We are very excited about the Rainwater Management Evaluation that has been prepared by our colleague Ken Nentwig, Rainwater Management Specialist, which is a general evaluation of rainwater technologies, and which is based on the “Spruce Home” on Lot 11.
The report outlines features that an eco home owner might use to:
- ensure the highest quality of the stored water through the use of best practices
- harvest and store rainwater in a range of containment facilities for the irrigation of a variety of different sizes of gardens
- slow down storm and further clean water runoff from roofs and hard surfaces into bio-swales, permaculture areas and native plant gardens
The anticipated costs of various options and recommendations are included in the report, which is available for download – click here.
- 21,893 sq.ft. lot with forest ravine at rear of property
- ‘Arts and Crafts’ style Spruce Home Model Home Design
- 1,472 sq. ft, two bedroom and open concept den, with two baths
- Exposed Douglas Fir FSC® certified timber framing with an open floor plan
- Plentiful daylight in the 26-foot two-story high vaulted space in the living room
- Generous ten-foot wide exterior deck on the west and south sides
- Overlooks village green space with a community centre, coffee shop and allotment gardens planned
- Douglas Fir timbers precision milled in traditional timber-frame fashion by MacDonald and Lawrence Timber Framing and Pinelodge Contracting Ltd. (Timbers were harvested during road construction.)
- Qualicum’s Solaris Sun Pump™ provides in-floor radiant hearing and cooling, and domestic hot water heating through a roof mounted solar panel and a fifth generation highly efficient heat exchange unit
- Standing seam metal roof, 12′ x 12′ pitch
- Energuide86 rating by City Green Solutions. 40% more energy efficient than a house built according to the BC Building Code.
- R28 to R40 insulation
- Rainwater management plan by Ken Nentwig, Rainwater Specialist
House Design: Scala Development Consultants Ltd.
Construction by: Pinelodge Contracting Ltd.
For Sale: MLS Listing.
© Photos by Brandon Foreman, Foreman Properties of Newport Realty