View Full Version : Cooperative Building - Cloughjordan again.
16-12-2011, 10:09 AM
Ok - I'm NOT a member of the ecovillage (in case anyone is wondering) - but This looks pretty cool:
If you’ve always wanted to build your own low-cost home but found it too
daunting to go it alone, think again. The Ecovillage and architect Dominic
Stevens have come up with an exciting plan to make it possible. Next year,
Dominic will be leading the construction of a row of terrace houses. What makes
this dierent is that all the site-owners in the terrace will belong to a housebuilding
cooperative. In this way they can combine the benefits of a community
build - help from friends, neighbours and volunteers - with the expertise of a
professional project management team.
16-12-2011, 10:11 AM
Very interested in Cloughjordan, and how it is progressing.
We had a thread way back, either here or on Tok, and someone from CJ posted in it.
16-12-2011, 10:15 AM
Not sure - I think there's about 2/3 of sites sold. Loads of houses built now, or in construction. I have to say, it's a pretty cool place to be. Nice to watch it all unfolding.
Captain Con O'Sullivan
16-12-2011, 10:27 AM
Jumpingbabbyjesus- something interesting stirs in the heartlands .... someone somewhere is showing some leadership and a good belt of commonsense in not only attempting to address housing and food costs but also building in a strand of community cooperation towards a common end. Can't praise this enough- here's the website for the Ecovillage project;
From the Wikipedia Cloughjordan site;
'Recent developmentsThe Village is a project with the aim of creating an "eco-village" community with commitments to ecological, social and economic sustainability. This new community, being developed on 67 acres (270,000 m2) of farmland, will merge with the existing village of Cloughjordan through a new street opposite the Church of Ireland. Irish Times, June 7, 2006: "Green Town Breaks Ground" The first residents moved into their homes in the eco-village in Dec 2009.
The Cloughjordan Cineclub was officially launched on August 25, 2005 - some forty-four years since a film had last been screened in Cloughjordan.
Cloughjordan community farm was established in 2008 with members drawn from the surrounding area. The farm aims to supply member's families with much of their food using organic and biodynamic principles.
A 500m2 array of panels for solar water heating, the largest in Ireland, was launched in May 2011. The solar panels will provide additional hot water for the community heating system which is presently powered by a wood chip boiler. The boiler serves houses in the eco-village.
A street market takes place at the meadow every second Saturday.
A Grow-it-yourself group set up in Cloughjordan in 2011 to inspire and assist local people to grow their own food.'
Must say I am lost in admiration for those involved in this project as they seem to have an array of projects on the go and all of them to my mind would have a very positive effect on social cohesion and co-operation.
Quite inspiring to see this kind of thing.
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