Vlahoke

Vlahoke (uh-lah-hoe-ghee) will be an off-grid eco-learning space for hosting retreats, board meetings, spiritual gatherings, academic field immersive education and other events that provide guests an opportunity to interface with integrated regenerative systems. Vlahoke will feature a farm-to-table restaurant and a museum that serves as an educational platform centering on historical and contemporary Indigenous justice. 

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Vlahoke 

1/13/1951 - 3/30/2019  

Wotkvlke (Raccoon Clan)

As a founding resident and board member of Ekvn-Yefolecv, Vlahoke Patti Hall tate remained dedicated to manifesting the ecovillage vision for over a decade. Regarded as one of the foremost Maskoke genealogical researchers, she believed strongly in the revitalization of traditional Maskoke culture and the permanent return to traditional Maskoke homelands. Ekvn-Yefolecv honored our matriarch, prior to her passing, by naming the future eco-learning lodge, Vlahoke.

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Introduction to Vlahoke

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The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the world’s most rigorous standard for green buildings. Going above and beyond LEED certification, the creation of Living Buildings is inspired by the elegance and efficiency of a flower. This means buildings are informed by respective bioregional ecological characteristics, generate all of their own energy with renewable resources, capture and treat all water while using the healthiest and most equitably sourced materials possible. The result is a building that is conceived for maximum beauty.  Living Buildings strive for net-positive energy and use no toxic chemicals in their construction or operation.

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The 20 imperatives of the LBC are grouped into 7 petals

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Unpacking the meanings of the 7 petals in the Maskoke language 

To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements measured over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Vlahoke is registered to achieve certification under the newest version of the LBC - Living Building Challenge 4.0, with the goal of joining the other 27 LBC certified buildings around the world.  Ekvn-Yefolecv will be the first 4.0 LBC certified building in Alabama, meeting all criteria in the seven petals (with 20 imperatives) found in the chart below.

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Vlahoke will be able to accommodate up to 84 guests.

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Conceptual Design Rendering

  • Biophilic design

  • 100% of power being generated on-site: 

  • lake-loop geothermal HVAC system

  • nickel iron battery solar system microgrid 

  • solar thermal panels for direct production of hot water for both bathing and radiant heating of buildings.

  • timber frame with wood harvested from on-site

  • strawbale wall insulation

  • earthen floor 

  • earthen wall plasters

  • living roofs

  • rocket mass heaters 

  • 4ft perlitecrete trenches/stemwalls for annualized thermal inertia 

  • light tubes

  • wooden windows

  • barrel ovens

  • biodigesters for cooking fuel 

  • kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities from locally reclaimed lumber 

  • paperstone cabinet tops

  • recycled greywater for food forest irrigation  

  • energy efficient chest freezers and refrigerators (each using only a little more than half a kilowatt hour per day) 

  • intentionally designed to drastically reduce electrical loads

  • 4-season greenhouse

  • Chinampa gardens on the lake

  • Food forests with paddocks for rotating chickens 

  • Bathhouse nestled in the forest with two saunas 

  • Guest pods are oriented for daylighting and passive solar gain

  • water 100% sourced from rain catchment (sediment filter, 0.5 micron filter, UV sterilizer) - when extra energy s available from the Solar PV system, this water will be pumped up to a series of cisterns on a nearby ridge so that gravity-pressurized water can be provided as needed.

  • limited wifi to reduce EMF pollution in the buildings

  • lighting designed to maintain views of the night sky 

  • mechanical systems designed to be quiet enough to maintain the natural soundscape of the site.

  • off-grid solar charging station for electric vehicles.

Features of Vlahoke:

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Natural landscape at Ekvn-Yefolecv

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Natural landscape at Ekvn-Yefolecv

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Natural landscape at Ekvn-Yefolecv

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Natural landscape at Ekvn-Yefolecv

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Natural landscape at Ekvn-Yefolecv

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Site Plan

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