2111 Sibley Drive
Summer season – June 22 through August 299:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.
Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Saturday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A free overview and orientation to the project will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.
You can sign up for the whole summer season of eleven Saturdays or choose individual Saturdays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer “Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall” first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.
August and Sept will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.
In September we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details and register online at elyfolkschool.org. The web site blog, will have the overall schedule and the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.
Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant..
About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.