BC Wood member Mandala Homes recently completed a pretty unique project. They just finished building BC’s first Energy Star qualified round house in Nelson, BC.
For 11 years, Mandala Homes has been designing and building pre-fabricated round and rectangular home packages in Nelson, BC and distributing all over the globe, with Canada and US being their main markets. Along with pre-fabricated home packages, they also sell decking, flooring, trim packages, pre-stained cedar siding, timber frame components and wood window & door packages. Mandala Homes, with their triple-bottom line business model, makes every business decision by taking into account the financial, social, and environmental impact.
Lars Chose (above picture), owner of Mandala Homes designed and built the first Energy Star Qualified house in BC. The 2,300 square feet home includes three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a workshop, two outdoor rooms, and a storage room. The house is finished with Western Red Cedar siding and trim and fir post and beams, while the interior is finished with Western Red Cedar ceilings, cork flooring, ceramic tile, fir trim, Yolo and Natura no-VOC paints, and no-VOC finishes from EcoCrete and Vermont Natural.
This green prefab conserves energy with deep overhangs, LEDs and CFLs, an HRV, thick walls (R34), an insulated roof (R66), fiberglass-insulated dual-pane windows, skylights, solar tubes, an ICF foundation, and Energy Star appliances.