4C’s Food Bank & Thrift Store
Natural building for a food bank & thrift store
2005 Sustainable Building & Design project
In downtown Haliburton, Ontario, the 4Cs charity runs a food bank that is supported by sales from the attached Lily Ann thrift store. Fronting onto a commercial street, it’s hard to tell that this unassuming storefront is a remarkable natural building! From it’s rubble foundation to the solar panels on the roof, every part of this building is designed for maximum sustainability.
Rubble trench foundation with earthbag perimeter beam
Load-bearing straw bale walls with locally sourced earthen plaster inside and out
Earthen floor slab with hydronic in-floor heating
Earth tube ventilation system
Natural and non-toxic plaster, paint and finishes throughout
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