10:30 a.m., July 22)
Karyne goes old school in insulating Gisèle Lalonde
By Fred Sherwin
Maisonneuve adds some wet mud to a wheelbarrow
full of straw as his daughter Elyse mixes
it together with another volunteer. Fred Sherwin/Photo
old school and then there's ooooold school. Projet Karyne
organizers took the later route when deciding on how they
would insulate the walls in the La Serre Solaire de Karyne
greenhouse at École secondaire publique Gisèle
and mud has been used by various civilizations as far
back as the ancient Eyptians. It was the building material
of choice in Europe in the 1400s and the early settlers
used stray and mud to build their homesteads in the early
part of the 20th century. In fact, straw and mud is still
being used among tribes people in many African countries.
and mud is an excellent building material, especially
for a greenhouse," says Project Karyne director Carl
Maisonneuve. "It keeps the heat in during the winter
and it keeps the room cool in the summer. It's also excellent
for venting the high humidity you have in a greenhouse.".
than 20 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and pitched
in to help insulate the greenhouse on Saturday. Two people
were in charge of turning the clay into a wet mud, while
four teams of volunteers mixed the wet mud with stray
before another team of volunteers jammed it into the wall
the mud in the straw dries, a series of lattices will
be placed over it and then the wall will be finished off
with an earth plaster.
straw and mud insulation is just one aspect of the greenhouse
which will include a series of innovative technologies
both old school and modern technology in its construction.
greenhouse will be used by students in the school's highly-skilled
environmental program who want to branch into the sciences
or environmental studies. It will also be used to to teach
general units in a variety of courses.
entire Maisonneuve family got down and dirty on Saturday
including daughter Elyse and sons Paul and Marc.
Maisonneuve passed away from complications with her cancer
treatment in 2006 at the age of eight. The Maisonneuve
family launched Projet Karyne in collaboration with École
secondaire Gisèle Lalonde shortly afterwards.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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