Design Library and office space on the second floor of Dancing Rabbit's planned community building

Published on January 14th, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

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Guest Post: Dancing Rabbit Community Building

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, founder and editor of Sustainablog, has been kind enough to provide this post on Dancing Rabbit’s planned community building and its plans for funding.

Library and office space on the second floor of Dancing Rabbit’s planned community building

While the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)does a great job of spreading the word about alternative communities and their potential, their own office space leaves a lot to be desired: a 1970s-era trailer is hardly the surroundings you’d expect for an organization promoting more sustainable lifestyles.

FIC doesn’t plan to stay in its trailer at Sandhill Farm much longer, though: down the road at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (where – disclosure – I’m a board member), plans for a new green community building are underway that will provide FIC with work space that better reflects the organization’s ideals.

OK, a green building at an ecovillage may not immediately strike you as newsworthy, but DR and FIC are aiming for something more than the typical common house: they’re planning a showpiece of natural and sustainable building technologies. Among the features planned:

  • Passive design: the building’s design takes “maximum advantage of passive solar heating, natural daylighting, and natural cooling and ventilation.”
  • Envelope: While the building’s envelope won’t be quite at Passive House standards, they’ve still got plans for impressive numbers: R-50  insulating capacity for walls (achieved through a combination of wet-blown cellulose and strawbale) and R-84 for the roof.
  • Systems: As with most buildings at Dancing Rabbit, electricity will come from a grid-tied solar system. While the county requires connections to its system for drinking water, the building will also feature rainwater cachement systems for non-potable uses. Ground source heat pumps will support the passive heating and cooling design.
  • Certifications: The community’s aiming big here – the new community building was designed with both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge standards in mind.

Take a look at the community’s explanation of their plans.  Of course, such a building won’t be cheap, and FIC will be contributing to cover the cost of its office space. In order to raise half of the needed funds, they’ve launched a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo.

Want to get a sense at just how badly they need new office space? Check out their pitch video.

Time’s getting short – they’ve only got 10 days left on their campaign – so they’ll appreciate any help you can offer. Got thoughts about the planned building? Share them with us in the comments.

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog, and a board member at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Image credit: Green Community Building web site




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is a writer, producer, and director. Meyers is editor and site director of Green Building Elements, a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.



  • http://www.thepoosh.org Eric Puro

    Howdy Glenn,

    Sounds like a great project with excellent aspirations! If you need to find some volunteers to make it happen, check out my new nonprofit – thepoosh.org. You can list this build project and volunteers can contact you to help load those walls with straw! Just a thought! Best of luck and thanks for making this world a better place to call home!

    • http://www.glennrileymeyers.comorhttp://www.ourgreenstreetsblog.com Glenn Meyers

      Thanks!I will pass word along to Jeff.

    • http://sustainablog.org Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

      Hi, Eric–

      I’ll check out your site, and if it looks appropriate, pass it along to the folks at Dancing Rabbit. Thanks so much for the heads up!

  • http://www.dancingfoxcabin.com Paul Davenport

    You may find some inspiration with our repuposed Dancing Fox cabin.
    Good luck,
    Paul

    • http://www.thepoosh.org Eric Puro

      Great! Thanks Paul. Can you pass along any info? Are you currently building or finished?

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