CLC Conservation Partners Celebration

This past Saturday, we hosted the annual Columbia Land Conservancy Conservation Partners Celebration. The event was attended by 76 people, easement holders and other supporters of the Columbia Land Conservancy. The CLC does a wonderful job of protecting environment, plants, and animals of Columbia County, watching over nearly 23,000 acres of land under easement. They work to also maintain the agricultural integrity of Columbia County. Through the farmer match program and other agricultural supports, the CLC is involved with 25 farms and over 1000 acres of farmland. The Conservancy also offers year-round workshops and educational outreach to people in the area.

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Each year, the CLC celebrates its supporters with an annual gathering, which we hosted this year at the barn. We have worked hand in hand with the Conservancy for the past few years while developing this property.

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The event was organized by Elizabeth and others at the land conservancy. It was catered by Gigi Hudson Valley, and featured amazing fare, including crab cakes, local vegetables and cheeses, and assorted crostinis. Beverages were crafted and served by Farm to Glass Tours, with seasonally inspired cocktails and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.

Here Heidi, from the CLC and Kelley, from Farm to Glass Tours, discuss event logistics at the barn prior to the gathering.

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The party gets going.

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Peter Paden, Executive Director of the CLC, welcomes everyone, and Ian says a few words.

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Our partners on this Passive House project are there, collaborators from Barlis Wedlick Architects, Lotus Energy, and Aquascapes. They share about their work here. 

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The party transitions to the (almost complete) Passive House.

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It was wonderful to meet other CLC supporters in the area, to share our vision and hear what others are doing. Thanks to everyone involved!

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Progress at the house, August 16

Green Roof
As house construction nears completion, we begin to shift focus to the land and accessory buildings. Construction drawings for the garage have been prepared. It will be modest and unique, partially dug into the land and complete with a green roof. Above is a sample of plants for the green roof, including Viburnum and moss.

Green Roof

As house construction nears completion, we begin to shift focus to the land and accessory buildings. Construction drawings for the garage have been prepared. It will be modest and unique, partially dug into the land and complete with a green roof. Above is a sample of plants for the green roof, including Viburnum and moss.

Finishing the house interior items.

Final Blower Door Test Results

The final blower door test for the house came back as .38! This is well within the limits for Passive House standards (.6). The house envelope is tight and we are on track for Passive House certification!

See the 2/14/14 post for details about how the blower door test is conducted and its significance. 

Steelwork on the pool is completed, inspection passed.

Steelwork on the pool is completed, inspection passed.

Work on the natural pool

The house here is about two weeks away from completion. Cabinetry is being crafted and installed, tilework is in, and the exterior shou sugi ban siding is being applied. All the house details are coming together beautifully. 

Progress on the Pool

Construction on the Natural Pool by Aquascapes LLC, preparing for the steel inspection next week. The bottom picture shows an original rendering of the pool design by Anthony Archer Wills.