Submitted by Lopez Community Land Trust
Lopez Community Land Trust teamed up with SAGE Building Solutions, Vandervort Architects and Balderston Associates to build three new homes that have received Built Green 5-Star Certification. Each net-zero-energy cottage located on Salish Way is approximately 500 square feet. The LCLT continues its commitment to building homes that ensure affordability both at initial purchase and ongoing operating cost while practicing environmental responsibility. The LCLT’s award-winning focus is on small is beautiful, comfortable and affordable. The model is proven, and the LCLT is celebrating 30 years of service to Lopez this year.
The LCLT achieved certification thanks to the expertise of our building and design partners. “Working with knowledgeable, experienced people is a joy. We continue to learn and refine our approach to affordable, environmentally appropriate housing options. Big thanks to those in the trades who dedicate themselves to a more environmentally responsible way of building.” We are grateful for the dedicated work of volunteers Barry and Tanya and interns, including Lisa Collandar, who dedicated her summer to LCLT and spent endless hours and intense attention to air sealing details. Her dedication enabled the project to meet the highest standards.
Doug Poole of SAGE says, “I’m grateful to have found an openness and enthusiasm in Sandy, the design team and crew for implementing some of SAGE’s innovative strategies from the Home Performance model to maximize building efficiency, health and comfort. Our community is again strengthened by LCLT’s dedication.”
The three cottages are now home to islanders Kristen Ryan, Valentino Tijerina and Stina Soderlind. Ryan is the STEM and wood shop instructor at Lopez School. She and her daughter moved into their home just before the big snowfall. Soderlind is a local caregiver and jewelry maker, and Valentino washes windows and tends bar at the Galley. Salish Way II Cottages will host a community open house on May 11. Stay Tuned for Details! For more information about the LCLT, please visit www.lopezclt.org.