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Notes from Mandala

Why Build a Round Home?

      The beauty of the round design runs deep. Trust­ing in the wis­dom of the nat­ural world and ancient and abo­rig­i­nal cul­tures, we have cho­sen to build round for its many ben­e­fits includ­ing energy and resource effi­ciency, struc­tural strength and its dis­tinc­tive aes­thetic and acoustic qualities. The round shape is a nat­u­rally green design. Round

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    EnerGuide Rated Homes

      Man­dala Cus­tom Homes is pleased to announce that all of our homes will be audited by an Ener­Guide Advisor. An Ener­Guide rat­ing shows a stan­dard mea­sure of your home’s energy per­for­mance. It shows you (and future buy­ers) exactly how energy effi­cient your home is. The rat­ing is cal­cu­lated based on stan­dard oper­a­tion assump­tions so that

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      Benefits of Pre-Fab Construction

        Pre-fabricated con­struc­tion is trans­form­ing the face of the home con­struc­tion indus­try: with a full spec­trum of ben­e­fits rang­ing from envi­ron­men­tal, to qual­ity and speed of con­struc­tion, to financial. Qual­ity The con­trolled envi­ron­ment of our pro­duc­tion facil­ity allows for a much higher degree of pre­ci­sion and qual­ity con­trol dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase than is avail­able on

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          Formalde­hyde is a com­mon chem­i­cal used in numer­ous build­ing and home prod­ucts from adhe­sives, paints and seal­ers, par­ti­cle board, insu­la­tion, tex­tiles, deter­gents and many more house­hold prod­ucts. Formalde­hyde has been linked to many health issues, includ­ing throat, eye and nasal irri­ta­tion, res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms and can­cer at high lev­els of expo­sure. One symp­tom of formalde­hyde expo­sure

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          Mandala Homes Uses Green Renewable Energy

            Man­dala Homes is proud to use green renew­able energy pro­vided by Bull­frog Power. Visit www.bullfrogpower.com for more infor­ma­tion about this com­pany and find out how you can cre­ate a cleaner world for today and tomorrow. Bull­frog cur­rently pro­vides a 100% green elec­tric­ity choice to every­one in British Colum­bia, Alberta, Ontario,Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick and Prince

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            What About the HST?

              There has been some con­cern about the Har­mo­nized Sales Tax (HST) and it’s impli­ca­tions on hous­ing prices. Start­ing July 1 the HST will apply to most of the goods and ser­vices that have been pre­vi­ously sub­ject to the GST. For a pre­fab­ri­cated home pack­age, the HST will now apply to the total cost for Cana­dian

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              Save Energy, Build Mandala Round

                We are all pay­ing more for fuel, even as we look for ways to save energy.  Energy-efficient homes are at the top of the list of how we can save energy and save money.  This is sup­ported by a 2007 poll by real estate firm Royal LeP­age:  72% of Cana­di­ans will look for a green-improved

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                Mandala President on Cascadia Steering Committee

                  Lars Chose, president of Man­dala Cus­tom Homes, is a steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Cas­ca­dia Region Green Build­ing Coun­cil, Nel­son Leaf. Cascadia’s mis­sion is to pro­mote the design, con­struc­tion and oper­a­tion of build­ings in Alaska, British Colum­bia, Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon that are envi­ron­men­tally respon­si­ble, prof­itable and healthy places to live, work and learn. Learn more about Cas­ca­dia  at

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                  Kootenay Company Expands to Meet Demand for Greener Homes

                    Nelson-based Man­dala Cus­tom Homes, now in its 8th year of pro­duc­ing fac­tory built round homes, has decided that the best way to meet the grow­ing demand for energy effi­cient build­ings is to offer round and square build­ings. To that end, they’ve just com­pleted con­struc­tion of a new pro­duc­tion facil­ity on High­way 3a south of Nel­son,

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