Welcome to Fern Lane!

Our Ecology Action Centre headquarters is located in a beautiful eco-renovated office on Fern Lane in the North End of Halifax. Originally built as a home in 1915, our building now features exceptional energy efficiency ratings, creative use of salvaged and recycled materials, attractive natural clay wall finishes. It’s a welcoming and inspiring space for community members, volunteers, and staff to connect, learn, and work together.

How we got here

In 2005, the EAC bought an old house on Fern Lane in Halifax’s North End. It took ten months and hundreds of volunteer hours to make it a beautiful home and a public demonstration of a green office building. Our showcase building inspired hundreds of property owners and builders to make greener choices.

Almost a decade later, we outgrew our home. The number of staff, volunteers and members at EAC had more than doubled, and our need for more space had become urgent! After weighing all the options, we decided to stay in this neighbourhood and expand the building. We added a third storey and changed the layout of our main level to be more welcoming and accessible. We also made considerable improvements to the entire building's exterior shell to increase efficiency and comfort.

We celebrated the Grand Opening of our renewed Fern Lane office building on Earth Day, 2016!

Virtual Tour

Click on the image below to take a virtual tour of some of the interesting features of our building.

Learn More

FERN LANE ENCYCLOPAEDIA – A more in-depth look at the green building materials and techniques we used during our renovation.

NEXT LEVEL BLOG - Hear stories from the renovation and learn about the decisions we made along the way.

STAGE ONE RENOVATION – Hear stories from our original renovation in 2006 and learn about the decisions we made along the way.

 

Book a Tour:

We love taking individuals and groups on tours of our office. We hold free building tours on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We can also sometimes welcome visitors during our office hours and can offer tours of the space to individuals or groups looking to learn more about green buildings. 

Advance notice is preferred: email joanna@ecologyaction.ca

 

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