Penticton Indian Band Eco Housing Initiative

See how the Penticton Indian Band's Eco Housing Initiative has provided housing for its Band members utilizing energy efficient technology at the least amount of cost.

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Transcript: Penticton Indian Band Eco Housing Initiative Video Post Online May 7, 2014

Chief Jonathan Kruger, Penticton Indian Band

The Penticton Indian Band is one of seven bands in the Okanagan Nation.

The community of Penticton is just over a thousand people now. We have the largest reserve in British Columbia…

…and it's around forty six thousand acres of reserve land. We have a nice community… it's mostly situated down in the lower village over here beside the City of Penticton.

Chief Jonathan Kruger, Penticton Indian Band

We have, I think it's over 200 people waiting to get a house… and so we created a 20 lot subdivision.

We did an eco project, an eco housing project

Chris Allen, Allen + Maurer Architects Ltd.

This was to be a pilot project so that they could explore some better ways of providing housing for band members.

Nicholas Hill, Builder, Ritchie Contracting & Design Ltd.

The primary direction of this project was to build these homes as highly efficient as we could but also with the least amount of technology and cost.

Andrea Watts, Resident, Penticton Indian Band

There was a lot of skepticism of the design of the houses. A lot of people wanted the big dream house…

… but as soon as people walk in they see the layout, the design… it's beautiful …their opinion changes.

Chris Allen, Allen + Maurer Architects Ltd.

Certainly orienting your buildings to the south, getting that solar intake…

… having passive ventilation of the house, you know, all of these strategies are timeless ways of building which do connect you more to the place that you are living in. But I think that it's particularly resonant with a client like this where for thousands of years that is exactly how you made yourself comfortable in this environment.

Nicholas Hill, Ritchie Contracting & Design Ltd.

So it does sound like it's high technology but relative to what is out there…

they're fairly low tech.

So there's a little bit of education about the theory behind the systems…

... so there's a little bit more personal manipulation to get the most out of the design.

Andrea Watts, Resident, Penticton Indian Band

It means a lot to the people that are living here because it's affordable housing.

But if you get a five hundred dollar light bill, it's not really affordable so...

… when they say affordable housing they, they mean it.

Chief Jonathan Kruger, Penticton Indian Band

It was something that we've all wanted to do; we wanted to do more things sustainable…

… and we're exercising that and we're doing that and we're making it a reality… so we're doing some great things.

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