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Lions Roar : March 2006
ADVERTISEMENT An Ecolo gy Minded Communit y in Nova Scotia. Hawthorn Hill homes are not experimental but incorporate the latest in proven building science principals, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials. Choosing safer building materials need not add cost to a home. Like food, highly processed building materials contain more chemicals, many of which are dangerous to the human organism and the environment. Choices like tinted plaster instead of painted drywall, wood in place of particle board or plywood, shingles or clapboard as opposed to vinyl siding, ceramic and linoleum rather than wall to wall carpet and vinyl flooring are a few examples. Combine a well insulated, air tight building envelope with a superior heat recovery ventilation system and these homes become both energy efficient and health All the materials used are considered for their "embodied energy" Rea I Est ate 5 e r vi (e sin (. that is the cost to produce, transport and dispose of or reuse materials at the end of W W W . 1 n 0 vas ( 0 t i a . ( 0 m their useful life. Positioned on the southern reaches of a magnificent body of water known as Mahone Bay is a picturesque coastal town of the same name. A Treasure Since 1754, Mahone Bay (pop 1200) is one of the most popular and well known seaside towns in Atlantic Canada, renowned for its fine sailing, natural beauty, seafaring history and classic, functional architecture. The people, a mix of Nova Scotians and 'come from aways', are wonderful. It's here in Mahone Bay that Hawthorn Hill, Canada's first green neighbourhood, became a reality; the result of strength of conviction and hard work by developer /R2000 builder Ian Startup and his late wife, the naturopath Margo Kleiker. The Vision - Ian and Margo began planning for Hawthorn Hill back in 1995. Their idea was simple: to build healthy homes in a healthy environment using the best energy efficient housing technology and materials from renewable resources. As a practicing naturopath in Mahone Bay, Margo was keenly aware of a wide range of environmental sensitivities and respiratory problems. At the same time Ian, through contact with colleagues in the R2000 program, became engaged in an ongoing debate as to why certain areas of Canada seemed to have higher incidences of environmental illness. Together Ian and Margo developed a list of questions she asked her patients about their homes and living environments. Not surprisingly, a pattern of problems with air quality, mold, excessive moisture, prevalence of highly processed building materials and pesticide use emerged. It seemed only logical to concentrate on homes and home sites that would be safe and provide a healthy alternative. in choosing a lot is available as are home design services and a list of R2000 builders in the area.) Phase I lots are available for immediate construction or for those considering a lifestyle change in a few year's time, it is possible to reserve a lot in Phase II, locking in at today's pricing. Sales & marketing are being handled by Broker Sheila Sinnott (