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Ely Folk School

Eco-Friendly House Building

with Andy Hill


Friday, July 19, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer "Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall" first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September, we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.


  • Jul 19th, 2019
    Fri from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Andy & Paula's Building Site

2111 Sibley Drive
Ely, MN 55731 Get directions

Location map for Andy & Paula's Building Site

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