N.S. Beach house may help save planet

On the west coast of Nova Scotia in the tiny community of Meteghan River, sits a tidy little beach house that just might help save the planet from the coming ravages of climate change. The brainchild of Dave Saulnier and Joel German, the beach house is one of those elegant approaches where problems are re-defined as opportunities.

Beach houseLike many coastal communities, Meteghan River will face severe weather in the decades ahead as the climate worsens. Sturdier shelter that can withstand severe storms is urgently needed, especially on the east coast of North America where hurricane-force winds are becoming an annual occurrence. At the same time, unwanted plastic is piling up in our landfills and littering our beaches. The solution? Use the unwanted plastic to build more durable shelter.

With a $109,000 repayable loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Saulnier and German, built the demonstration home using 612,000 recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Reduced to pellets and injected with a gas to turn them into foam, the bottles were re-constituted as building panels to assemble the beach house.

The result is a structure that can resist moisture, fatigue, corrosion and rot and is 2.3 times more energy-efficient than homes built using traditional methods. However, the real eye-popper is the ability of the panels to withstand windstorms. At Exova testing facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, they withstood 326-mp/h (524-km/h) sustained wind force, which is twice the strength of a Category 5 hurricane.

Through their company, JD Composites, Saulnier and German hope to export the technology to countries in the Caribbean and South America, as well as into the United States. Many of the processes and methods used actually come from the boat building industry in which the two partners have worked for many years.

The beach house is currently up for sale, but if it doesn’t sell, Saulnier and German say they’ll list it on airbnb to help spread the word.

 

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Calling Me Home now on iTunes

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let you know that we released our new single, Calling Me Home, on Christmas Day, and it is now available for download at all your favourite Calling Me Home Cover Artdigital and streaming services. Just sign on to your favourite service and search for the Millar-Bowie Band. Or, use one of our favourites from  the list below.

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Merry Christmas from the Band

MB1BWHi there. Just wanted to send everybody our our warm wishes and positive vibes for the holiday season. We hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to spending some quality time with friends and family this Christmas.

Our gift to you this year is this link to our brand new YouTube channel. We have one music video uploaded there right now, and we’re planning to add lots more in the New Year. The song featured in the video, Calling Me Home, will be available on all major distribution sites and streaming services, including Apple itunes, Google Play and Spotify, starting on Christmas Day.

So please stay tuned, and if you like the music, please subscribe to the channel.

All the best to you…

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