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Name: Madoc Performing Arts Centre


Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): Arts Centre


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Special rooms (library, den, great room, study, observatory, etc.): Only the lowest-impact and longest-lasting materials have been chosen to build this structure. From the compacted stone of the rubble trench foundation, up through the load-bearing round straw bale columns, to the galvanized metal roofing, the building represents the best available choices for building materials in our northern climate. Mechanical systems have also received a lot of attention. From the geo-thermal heating and cooling system that allows the building to maintain a comfortable temperature year round without relying on fossil fuels, to the PV panels that provide its electrical power, to the solar ventilation system that provides the building with pre-warmed fresh air, to the rainwater collection system that provides flushing water for the toilets, the building uses available technologies to drastically reduce its resource consumption and waste production.


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Stage of completion: 95%


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Other unique systems/features of the building: Off-grid; solar ventilation system; earthbag foundation; round bale columns; earthen & lime plasters; adobe bricks; clay floors;


Builder (owner, contractor, both): Built by the Sir Sandford Fleming Sustainable Design & Construction class of ‘08


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Length of time to build (start to occupancy): April ‘08-Sept. ‘08


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Street Address: 231 Durham Street, Skate park, Madoc


Nearest Town/City: Madoc


Driving Directions:

From Hwy. 7 go south on Hwy. 62. There's a light and a Tim Horton's at this intersection. - Turn left on St. Lawrence St. - Turn right on Durham St. at the four corners (downtown) of Madoc - Carry on and you'll see a Petro Canada on the left. The skate park and it's straw bale canteen are across the street - Turn right on Seymour St. and right again into the parking lot.
Directions From Belleville: - Go north on Hwy. 62. Madoc is about a 30 minutes from Belleville. - As you are coming into Madoc you will go down a hill and there will be a Petro Canada on the right. The skate park and it's strawbale canteen are across the street. - Turn left on Seymour St. and right into the parking lot.



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