Partnership looking at sustainable construction

Northern Saskatchewan residents should re-think how they build and operate their homes.

That’s the message coming out of the Prince Albert Model Forest board meeting. The non-profit organization is dedicated to finding and building sustainable communities while protecting Saskatchewan’s forests. With that in mind they invited local resident Thomas Porter to give a presentation to them about alternative building and energy sources.

“It links in really well with the Prince Albert Model Forests mandate,” general manager Susan Carr says. “It brings people into the process of building their own homes.”

Porter, who lives just outside Prince Albert, says he’s “off the grid”. He built his own home, a straw bale timber-framed house, out of local materials. He also grows his own food, collects rainwater for use, and draws power from his own solar panels. His house is seen as a type of role model for the north, because the traditional methods aren’t getting it done. — Full Story at Prince Albert Daily Herald

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