The first-ever Perth Tiny House & Green Home Festival held on 21 April 2018 was organized by The 2 Marys Inc. in partnership with Algonquin College’s Heritage Institute and with the generous support of the Perth Office of Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc., Perth Planing Mill Supply, DuPont Tyvek and Guy Saumure & Sons. The festival aimed to inspire and explore options to reduce the ecological footprint in constructing and furnishing homes. The theme was energy efficient, sustainable and affordable housing.
The attendance far exceeded expectations – more than 1000 people came over the course of the day! To give back to the community and thank Algonquin College for hosting the event, The 2 Marys Inc. donated $1200 towards the Perth Campus’ student bursary fund.
There were two tiny houses and a Gypsy-style caravan for public viewing on site and another three houses for viewing offsite – one tiny, the other two “green”. The roster of outstanding speakers addressed Green Living, Social Housing and New Technologies topics in packed classrooms, the attendance having exceeded by threefold the number expected. There were also exhibitors and vendors promoting related services and products, background music, food and kids’ activities for a festive atmosphere geared to entertain families and individuals of all ages.
It quickly became apparent that the tiny house movement is about more than cute houses; it’s a key component of the social shift towards affordable housing that is well designed, energy efficient and ecologically sustainable. Mark your calendar for next year’s event, “Living Small” slotted for Saturday 27 April 2019, again at Algonquin College’s Perth Campus.
Here are some of the presentations and documents that were provided (click on the title to open):
- Jamie McKay – Building Science 101 for Tiny Houses
- Tiny Living – Sample staff report and adopted policies by one Township (Leeds and The 1000 Islands)
- Bobolink Solar Presentation
- Forbes Symon – Municipal / Rural Planning Panel
- Tay Commons Cohousing
- Re4m – Recycling Design for Small Spaces