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Honey Harbour Barging

Welcome to our new member, Honey Harbour Barging.

A small business doing great things on Georgian Bay!

Recently, Honey Harbour Barging helped to build Canada’s first all-in-one energy star, solar ready, net-zero ready LEED Platinum Passive house.

Honey Harbour Barging is a Charter member of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve! This means that they recognize they operate in a unique place in the world and they pledge to support the values of our organization which works to build a healthy economy, protect the environment and create vibrant communities.

Below is a table that lists the features and benefits of the home:

Passive Solar DesignReduced active heating load by harnessing solar gains Natural day light harvesting reduces active lighting loads
Increased InsulationReduced heating and cooling loads No moving parts No maintenance required
Increased Air TightnessReduced heating and cooling loads
Energy Star Triple Pane Fiberglass WindowsReduced heating and cooling load Increased durability Decreased thermal bridging vs steel or aluminum Lowered environmental impact vs vinyl, steel or aluminum Narrower frames allow for higher glass to frame ratio
Energy Star Lighting, Fixtures and Ceiling FansIncreased energy efficiency Increased durability
Energy Star AppliancesIncreased energy efficiency Increased durability
Drain Water Heat RecoveryReduces water heating loads
Grey Water RecyclingReduces annual water consumption by 30 %
Rainwater HarvestingConserves potable water consumption when used for indoor or outdoor purposes
Solar ReadyBuilt-in conduits and roof design allow for the installation of solar panels to be performed with ease
VentilationReduced heating & cooling loads Improved indoor air quality Improved health & safety of building occupants Improved moisture, odour and contaminant control
Ground LoopReduces heating & cooling loads Pre-conditions supply air to ventilation system
All-Off-SwitchesAllows multiple electrical sockets in multiple locations to be switched off to help reduce power loss due to “phantom loads”  when devices are not in use
Integrated Energy Monitoring SystemAllows the occupants to track energy usage and assist with identifying and lowering household energy demands
Construction Waste ManagementIncreased recycling of items typically sent to landfill sites,including paper & cardboard products, glass& plastic containers as well as e-waste.Increased re-use of items typically sent to landfill sites Introduction of composting to the construction site Drastic diversion of waste from landfill sites Drastic overall waste reduction Promotes awareness of waste management alternatives
Local sourcing of materials and labourPromotes local economy Reduces embodied energy Lowers negative impacts on the environment Promotes local inclusiveness
Site Harvested Oak Flooring and Window SillsAdded value Local sourcing Use of reclaimed materials within building Waste reduction
Site Harvested Basswood TrimAdded value Local sourcing Use of reclaimed materials within building Waste Reduction


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We are a registered Canadian charity #87100 1335 RR0001