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Shelter of Permanent Abundance
We envision the future of housing as "Shelters" able to provide safety beyond housing. The Shelter secures its residents with their comfort and safety in addition of their basic living needs: source of food, clothes, tools, medicine, energy, finances (business)... It is a homestead of permanent abundance. This research project aims to design a housing alternative that is adaptable, regenerative, self-sufficient, affordable and accessible to all.
The "Parahaus" Shelter
How does the ultimate Shelter look like? In reality, the Parahaus Shelter is not a "one size fits all" solution. It is essential that the Shelter is custom designed for its residents as that varies from one client to another as it depends on numerous personal variables. Nonetheless, there are common elements that are essential to delivering the proper quality. This research attempts to define those elements and their corresponding relationships to create systems of regenerative abundance.
Prototype 1: Parahaus
The "Parahaus" (Paradise house) Shelter is the first prototype. It can be imagined as a greenhouse with three isolated chambers. The chambers serve as Earthship-like bedrooms, but not as closely sophisticated since they are already protected within the greenhouse. The host is a passive solar greenhouse. The kitchen, living room, and bathroom are integrated within the growing areas of the greenhouse to maximize production capacity. This greenhouse structure is a double walled geodesic dome. Rainwater is collected, filtered, and used at multiple stages in a closed zero-waste system. Hot water is harvested from renewable sources; for example: solar evacuated tubes, hot-composting (Jean Pain), Annualized GeoSolar, [gat?] system... The black water (sewage) treatment system is hybrid combining Methane Composter and other Permaculture techniques (more references: Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto, Earthship septic tanks). Extra heating and/or electricity could be collected from the BIPVT of MontrealZero and an emergency rocket stove, in combination with being energy efficient.
The growing areas are designed following diverse techniques to deliver more abundant yield, better quality produce, require less space, and less time for garden care and maintenance. For more information about our innovative growing, and to be part of the research and receive vegetable baskets, click here! In addition, PraxEco's EcoPots will be utilized for self-sufficient (zero-waste) organic growing.
Did you know? EcoPots will be made from recycled waste plastic. We are building a plastic recycling robotic arm, based on open-source design Evezor Arm coupled with Precious Plastic's Shredder and Extruder.
The resources in the Parahause Shelter are summarized as follows:
- Food: Permaculture and EcoPots to design the edible food forests - Could be divided into different sections with different climates to grow a wider variety of crops.
- Heating: 3 natural sources: hot composting, geothermal storage, BIPVT, rocket stove.
- Mechanical: Compressed Air Batteries to store and use energy in Mechanical form. Harvested from windmills, compressed air can power laundry machines, food processors, and any other mechanical (rotation/translation) appliances.
- Electricity: BIPVT, alternative energy.
- Bathroom: Own septic system, compost hot water shower, compost toilets, methane biodigester.
- Cooking: Fresnel lens oven, solar oven, emergency wood stove, cob oven.
- Plastics: Recycled from external wastes.
More info coming soon!
- Zero waste water cycle.
- Bathroom wastes are cured and used to fertilize inedible crops outdoors.
- Kitchen scraps and organic wastes from the food forest are composted; turning them into useful heat and high-quality plant fertilizers.
- Plastic parts are continuously recycled and re-used or re-printed into new parts.
Good to know:
If a one-acre Permaculture far can feed up to 60 families, we may plan to divide growing areas to host diversely useful plant species. A section will be dedicated to medicinal herbs & plants. Another section will contain plants that could be used as tools like brooms, utensils, plates, bowls, soaps, toothbrushes, fibers, fabric... Additionally, we will have a section for rare edible species to promote their exquisiteness and save some from extinction. In that structure, we are virtually self-sustainable.
We expect, in such a paradise greenhouse, to have an abundance of food and resources. We could utilize our excess produce to exchange for other goods and services with external economies for a financial supply for the Shelter.