Being green at
Claire de lune

Reducing our
Carbon Foot Print

Your hosts, Claire Archambault and Rod Andrews have had the rare opportunity to combine the property's natural setting with state-of-the-art technology as it relates to the design and building of Claire de lune.… the flair of a French country maison ancestrale… a sophisticated undertaking to bring you all the comfort and amenities of today with a vigilant eye on reducing the carbon foot print.
Claire and Rod are following their dream and it is yours to enjoy!

Louise Jacques, French Canadian architect reviewed our preliminary diagrams.  Louise was excited at the unique opportunity to design a luxurious bed and breakfast from the ground up.  We first took many pictures of our property and gave Louise a surveyed lot plan with the north/south coordinates.     Louise visited our future building site with her partner Jim, also an architect.  They took notice of all the natural features that should be preserved.  Louise then studied our plans combining her experience of public space design, the need to ensure effective people flow and privacy of the guests of Claire de lune and its hosts.  Louise made it her ultimate goal to present us with the best overall structure.
    The roads and building site were first cleared and the logs were set aside to be sawed for flooring and furniture. 
    One of Rod's hobby is his sawmill business specializing in custom sawing of softwoods and hardwoods for decks, docks, flooring and fine furniture.  Our slabs and sawdust are waste products which result from turning logs into a number of useable products.  We are choosing to heat with an outdoor furnace to burn our waste products hence contributing to the complete package of reducing our carbon foot print.  The outdoor furnace heats the entire Bed and Breakfast operation, our personal living quarters and Rod's workshop.  Furthermore, the outdoor furnace heats all the domestic hot water including the outdoor shower.  Burning wood in our outdoor furnace reduces our carbon foot print to nearly zero. 
     The roof structure is positioned for future installation of solar heating when the outdoor furnace will no longer be required to burn slabs and sawdust.
     Due to our rural location in a recreational zone which is considered low on Hydro One's emergency list, we have installed a self-starting propane fired backup generator to produce electricity. To ensure self-sufficiency, heat, potable water, cooking, emergency lighting and waste water are all fully operational using the generator in the event of a power outage.

The building is an insulated concrete foam (ICF) construction.  ICF is the new way to build homes and commercial buildings.  These "Lego" looking blocks are put together with rebar steel rods with cement poured into the interior of the blocks.  The wall has 3 inches of  insulating foam on the outside, 6 inches of local concrete on the interior and 3 inches of foam on the inside resulting in  a 12-inch wall with an insulation factor of R50. 
    Argon E windows and blown in roof insulation in the trusses completed the envelope of the structure.

Being green at Claire de lune;

Most of the interior studding, flooring and wall coverings were logged off our property (or locally purchased when required to meet various building codes).  We used our saw mill and a wood fired kiln to process the lumber into products that you will see in our rooms.   Painting and interior finishes have all been chosen for their environmentally friendly composition.
      Our beds offer the latest Koosh® Hybrid natural latex technology and are therefore hypo-allergenic.  Koosh® technology uses soya bean oil which replaces traditional fossil fuel materials in mattresses.
      The carbon foot print of building and operating our Bed and Breakfast is very low.
       We strive to continue making it our priority.  Our next step and ultimately our future goal will be to generate wind or sun electricity to completely be off the grid, that being a couple of years away... look out Hydro One!!!

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