The province of British Columbia can now boast that it has its first ENERGY STAR Qualified home, located in Nelson, BC. Magnolia 2300 (as it has been named) is the home of the owners of Mandala Custom Homes, Lars Chose and Rachel Ross.
There are many interesting (and green) features that make this home special. For instance, Ross and Chose rave about the benefits of living in a round home, a concept that is born in part from their interest in the green, slow home movement which stresses creating homes that are healthy, comfortable, and gentle. [Note, however, that it did not take them long to build the house as it is a pre-fab home, though this method ensured their impact on the local environment was minimal.] They describe living in a round structure as feeling embraced by the space, which complements their creative endeavours and feelings of tranquility.
This is the first Energy Star qualified home in British Columbia, according to builder Mandala Homes. The company’s been around since 2000, and this is their new, round showcase with passive solar design, tuned windows, non-toxic finishes, a custom greenhouse, and all sorts of materials that emphasize energy efficiency. It’s owned by Mandala Homes president Lars Chose and partner Rachel Ross. Continue reading