RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, LLCWAUPACA, WI USA 715-258-5664 Viewing this page in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome may be a problem fitting on the screen..
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PROGRESS LOG of LAMBS QUARTERS RED, LLC
CREATING A SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD
(RED = Renewable Energy Development)
So close to finishing! All that needs to be done is the outside lights and final garage touches - too cold - and the rest of the baseboard and trim. Then touchup. Hope to finish this next week.
The tiling is almost finished as is the plumbing. You can see in these pics that work is in progress.
With the temperature reaching 20 below this past week and not even above zero during the day, the house temp was set at a work temperature of 59 degrees. The thermostats in the house read 62 degrees with passive solar. The wood stove is not being used yet. This should heat the house nicely.
New developments every day:
12/23/2013 HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
At this cold, cold season, I forgot to feature the wood stove - an Enerzone 2.3 - which will serve as primary or supplemental heat and a cookstove for that winter stew or potpourri, and, in an infrequent power outage, a source of heat and a means to cook and heat water. Notice the finished heat sink wall behind the stove. It has been painted but it could be tiled or faced with stone or brick. Lots of paper protecting the finished floor. Trim to come. The house has an address now: E1955 Lambs Quarters Lane, Waupaca, WI 54981. This is a private road.
I'd also like to recognize some of companies whose work on the house is almost finished: Blenker Bldg Systems, John Golke Roofing, Northwind Renewables, Lorge Plumbing, Frings Soil Investigation, Schafer Well Drilling, RPM Landscaping, Snowbelt Woodstoves, and All Things Construction. More to come as we near completion.
Lots of pics to share. Should be finished by mid-January when an open house will be scheduled by appointment.
Better get some pics up here before we finish! These were taken on Dec. 4-6. The tiling of the floors will be completed this week. Then all the cabinets, trim, doors will be brought in. It will probably take into January to get all of it installed. All the workers need a holiday break.
Living area w/heat sink wall Kitchen area w/sun tunnels Master Bedroom Mech/Laundry rm
It's on to the inside. The suntubes are in and the walls are painted. The next task is the heat sink wall behind the woodstove. The radiant infloor heat is on and the house is dried out and warmed up. The wall will be painted and will soak up heat from passive solar and the woodstove once it is in action. Tiling will start this week, too. This stage is going to take awhile, but things will get done at the same time. The cabinet installer is making a 2 x 4 multi-use table with a drawer and bread board for the kitchen in between building a house in North Dakota. He won't be back to install cabinets until after the holidays but there is lots to be done before that.
Outside is basically finished except for the PV panels on the south side and some landscaping. Driveway will be in the next report. The inside is at the drywall point. Insulation is finished with thincoat plaster and paint to follow. Will have more pictures soon.
Things are moving very quickly at this point. Here is the house from the north side where the garage and main entry are. The bubbles on the roof are the sun tunnels which come into the garage, kitchen, entry, mudroom/pantry, baths, and mechanical/laundry room. Once these are fully installed on the inside we'll see what kind of light they give. All of the ones in the house also have an electrical light in them for use after dark. The roof is a metal standing seam. This is almost finished as of this date. The rough electric and plumbing is almost finished. It is really shaping up!
Finally mastered the pictures (maybe) so one quick one tonight. We went from a slab to this in two days. Interior walls are in and the roof underlayment was finished by 5 p.m. By the end of the week, the metal roof should be on. Electrical, PV, and HVAC start Monday with siding soon to follow.
to sustainability. This house will have 2.5 Kw photovoltaic system
on its roof which, once the owner(s) determine what the electrical load will
be, has the potential to add more panels and reach zero energy. 30%
federal tax credit is available through 2016. A wood stove will be
installed for primary or supplemental heat. Infloor radiant heat will be
installed. All appliances are electrical and Energy Star including the
range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and freezer. The house is built to
last with little maintenance. The future of sustainability leads to
smaller homes with quality construction.
of natural areas and desire to have a hand in caring for the land.
Thirty acres of pasture are located to the south of all the houses. It is
all properly fenced with no roaming animals. It is being used for
rotational grazing of sheep, goats, and a resident donkey during the growing
season, but there will always be areas that can be used for walking anytime and
for winter sports. A four acre area just beyond the lots is planted in
prairie with many wildflowers. This area is not grazed until October so
that all the flowers and grasses can be enjoyed. Parts of some of the
lots also have this prairie on them.
I had hoped to put up some
pictures from the last two weeks. Rather than delay any longer with this
snag, I'll verbally give an update. The house on Lot #3 was staked on
September 9th. Ground was broken on the 12th and the footings poured on
the 13th. The insulating of the footings, back fill, water routing from
the common well, septic work, preliminary HVAC and plumbing is happening on
September 25th. The house wall construction is beginning about October
3rd at Blenker Building Systems in Amherst with delivery the following
week. The goal is to have the house enclosed during October. This
is probably the most accurate update at this point.
Today we'll try to show the entire property being developed and explain the reasons. The GIS map below is from 2010 and was taken in late Winter. North is at the top. The brown area is a dormant prairie. The rest is pasture. The house shown was built in 1995 according to the latest in renewable energy development at that time. It has been on many solar tours for the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair Tour and the National Solar Energy Tour over the years.
There are several reasons for this development:
1) To use up all the development rights on the property so that the remaining approximately 30 acres is preserved as agricultural and recreational land.
2) To build dwellings that are as close to zero energy as possible while built sustainably and affordably.
3) To create an example for farmers with large parcels of land to "cash in on their retirement money" while preserving a large amount of land that could still be farmed.
The map below shows just the part of the 40-acre parcel that is being developed including the 1995 house.
The map below shows where the house on Lot 3 will be located. The drive to the south of the house will be reduced to a 4-ft gravel walking path with turf over the base to preserve this drive for emergency vehicles only. The drive to the north along the edge of the property will be the entry drive for daily use. The drive for Lots 3 and 4 enters at the white "X" and meanders through the trees to the garage on the west end of the house. As of today, the land is cleared for the septic, house, and driveway. The remainder is wooded with red pines. Solar access is available for PV production on the house.
7/30/2013 Land has been cleared for the first house on Lot #3 below
Permit process has begun for the first house with the following floor plan.
4/22/2013 EARTH DAY: Progress is being made. Soon to come, significant update.
Lot 3 Lot 4
This drawing shows the placement of the first two houses. Construction will begin on the one on the left first. The 1995 house is located to the right of these two 1-acre lots. The 2-unit house will be located to the left of these lots toward the road. The recreational/grazing area is to the south of these lots. North is up. To the north and on sides of the house are red pines. To the south is prairie/grasses. The walking path goes to the road. Car traffic will enter from the north.
Since February 28, 2013Visit Glacial Acres (new owner of Lambs Quarters Shop) at Waupaca Community Arts Center 200 North Main St, Waupaca, 715-258-3741 Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 4:30
Links related to Lambs Quarters:
Waupaca Community Arts Center: www.wcacenter.com
Artha Sustainable Living Center (B&B): www.arthaonline.com
For link to builders of 1995 house/shop www.gimmeshelteronline.com
For link to Midwest Renewable Energy Association https://www.midwestrenew.org/
For link to site and house designer for 2013 house, Amber Westerman www.amberwesterman.com
For link to builders of 2013 house www.blenkerco.com
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