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Chatham Cottage II

Welcome - Chatham Cottage II is a small, affordable and energy efficient home built by Sustainability Technologies students at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC.

The Crew

Students Working on House

Year 2

Janet Eason

Janet Eason

Green Building, second semester

Shaun Hundley

Shaun Hundley

Green Building, second semester

Heidi Hydusik

Heidi Hydusik

After my first 30 years on the East Coast, where I got a degree in biology, taught PE, and managed a chain of gas stations, I spent the next 30 in Northern California, which was a hotbed, I say hotbed, of innovation in every conceivable area. There I spent 3 years as a union apprentice in carpentry (commercial), and at the same time was exposed to new ideas and practices in construction, including straw bale, which appealed to me not only for its energy-conserving potential, but also because it used waste from the huge rice industry that would otherwise, at that time, have been burned. In an area where the redwood forest is now a tiny percent of its former size, and fresh water is in increasingly short supply (long rainless summers), the creative possibilities in this field really excited me. Oh yeah, at the same time I was running my own business, a sales rep for crafts artists.

What brought me to North Carolina, you might ask? After living in a quirky town in the Southeast Arizona desert for several years, learning even more about water issues and adobe construction, my wanderlust and family lured me here, where I was fortunate to discover Pittsboro and its diverse community, which is in no small way being shaped by the presence of the CCCC Sustainable Technologies campus. This school, a too-well kept secret, is a fantastic opportunity both for young students beginning their journey, as well as for students of any age wanting to explore various cutting-edge fields without feeling like a freak, everyone is out there with you!

Jennifer Kidwell

Jennifer Kidwell

I've been living on Ocracoke Island in the North Carolina Outer Banks for the past eighteen years. When I went to college in Philadelphia, PA., (University of the Arts '91) I helped form a student environmental group and spent a summer working for PennPIRG (Public Interest Research Group, a student public interest and environmental group started by Ralph Nader).

I moved to the Outer Banks in a period of twenty-something social and environmental idealism, not wanting to be a part of the business or consumer world, and not knowing how to live within or without it.

In 1998, a friend and I started Natural Selections on Ocracoke Island, a clothing/gift/housewares store selling products made from hemp. I've also found that, far from being a 'phase,' my concern for the environment hasn't waned over the years. If anything, it's become a more pressing concern.

I bought my grandparents' house on Ocracoke in 1994,. As soon as I closed on it, it seemed like everything started falling apart and I had no idea what to do. ( I also overzealously decided to tear apart the only bathroom without any plan on how to put it back together...)

One of the main occupations on the island (aside from tourism and fishing) is construction. There have always been friends working on building projects, whether it was their occupation, they were working on a crew or building their own houses or businesses. So I did find help, but was always foiled (and frustrated) by my lack of knowledge in that area...

I am excited about the sustainability programs at CCCC. I am very excited to be in this class. I am learning all those 'hows' and 'whys' and 'whats' I've always wondered about in construction. Even better, I'm learning all the latest ways to do it ecologically and sustainably.

The future of the planet is something that has never left my mind, and learning more about how to change the way I live and work in a way that will be congruous with the environment, rather than harmful to it, seems more and more important all the time. I hope with our continually expanding knowledge and discoveries in this field, we can seamlessly evolve into a more beneficial way of living rather than being forced to change abruptly (or worse) by some catastrophic awakening.

Corey Locklear

Corey Locklear

I have chosen Renewable Energy in the hopes of changing the world, saving the planet. I'm joining the Marines when I finish my class. Maybe, I could take my classes into my future and build my own house "off the grid."

Miezah Owusu

Miezah Owusu

My name is Miezah Kobe Owusu I am originally from Ghana, Africa, and have been in the United States for 7 years. I recently became a United States citizen. I am currently married and have a 4 year old son.

I discovered my passion for building and working on houses as my wife and I were able to gain her grandmother's house and have been renovating it over the past six months. Through this experience I have learned that I enjoy working with my hands and am a quick learner. I am eager to begin my career as a builder and am thankful I was able to take part in this project at CCCC. The extra experience, the new knowledge I have gained is immeasurable.

Destin Perrin

Destin Perrin

In my twenties, I attended college and accumulated a few credits, but changes in my life forced me to quit school and move back to North Carolina, where I took a job as a fine dining server. At 31, I still hadn't returned to school, and I knew that, if I didn't want to be 40 and still working every Friday and Saturday night in a restaurant, I was going to have to find a new path. CCCC appealed to me because of the school's reputation as a leader in developing new curricula in sustainability, so although I live in Durham, I chose to commute to Pittsboro so that I could be part of something exciting and relevant to today's world and shifting workplace.

This is my second fall at CCCC, where I am pursuing an AS in the Sustainability Technologies program. Even though my degree focus is in energy technology, and the Chatham Cottage project is part of the Green Building track, I decided to join the project because building things is in my blood. My father was a carpenter and a cabinet maker, so I grew up around tools and woodworking. A few years ago I built a loft apartment in an old warehouse building in Eastern NC, and today I build furniture as a hobby. I also recently bought a postwar bungalow, so I see the tuition for this course as a part of my investment in my home, since I plan to do many of the renovations myself. I'm finding that learning about energy efficient practices in new construction is invaluable to me as I face the prospect of retrofitting my own house to be less of an energy hog.

Even though the work is sweaty, and class hours are long, I look forward every Tuesday and Friday to coming to class with a diverse group of people. We each bring our own strengths, and I'm enjoying being able to contribute my own skills to the project, while learning new things and accomplishing something tangible.

Damien Robinson

Damien Robinson

My name is Damien Robinson and I'm 30 years old. I am originally from Raleigh but have lived my adult life in Hawaii, California, & Arizona. I moved back to Raleigh about 2 years ago to attend school to apply toward a new career. I'm a veteran of the U.S Army and have worked numerous different jobs since then. I never felt any fulfillment working these jobs and always considered them meaningless. I am now attending CCCC in the Sustainable Technology associates degree program, doing the green building track. I feel this career is one that matters that helps our environment and is a growing industry. I have found much joy taking the construction course and working on the Chatham cottage. I look forward to taking the skills learned in this course with me after graduation and entering the green building workforce.

Martha Slattery

Martha Slattery

I have been interested in environmentally sustainable housing and design for about 10 years. My back ground is 25 years as an RN and 12 years as a massage therapist. I love this building and course experience!

Michael Tedesco

Michael Tedesco

Green Building, second semester

John Delafield (Faculty)

John Delafield

My name is John Delafield, I'm 62 years old, and I'm a teacher here at CCCC. I first started to get into the green field because I wanted to leave a better legacy for my children. I was also intrigued by solar technology and personally believe that our environment is important. Later on, I decided to come teach at CCCC because of their open, organic, and entrepreneurial environment. My role as a teacher is delightful. I get to work with bright and creative students who take their responsibilities seriously. I'm excited to be a part of the beginning of a program that will be important to this area for years to come. With 30 years in the building industry, I'm able to bring experience into the class in energy efficient homes and solar technology, as well as the business aspect of things. Through this project I feel that I am becoming a better teacher, with more clear objectives, and better organization skills.

Year 1

Devan Harris

Devan Harris

My past career consisted of one retail position followed by the next, the product changed but the day to day encouragement to ensure that our clients spend more money than they need too and more importantly, more money than they have. It is all about the credit card.

I couldn't take this traditional system that is a huge part of this countries economic woes, so I decided to find myself a new career. At the humble age of 34, I began a journey that took me into 'Green' world. I needed to decide on a path that would lead to financial security but also one that I could be proud of.

Through searching the nation for the program that best fit my needs, I came across only a few community colleges that offered what I desired. I went through my choices and visited a few schools and came to the conclusion that Central Carolina Community College was the institution that would have the pleasure of showing me the way to my new life.

The program itself carried classes that would give me tools to enter this new work force with a good chance of success and with the guidance of Laura Lauffer I packed up my family and we headed east!

3000 miles later we arrived in North Carolina. Man it humid down here!

Now, almost a year into the program, I find myself in southern heat hefting 2x8's to create a ceiling joist system. Did I ever think I would end up building a home? No way, but here I am, learning more in two semesters than I have through years of corporate training videos. Through this experience I have grown in my understanding of the green industry and now can see what used to be my hazy future come from the darkness into the light.

Yeah, I made a good choice.

Jeff Klemm

Jeff Klemm

My name is Jeff Klemm and I'm 47 years old. I chose to do the green building program at CCCC because I have been in construction for over 20 years now. With the troubles in our environment, as well as economy, I decided that I needed to learn more about how to build energy efficient, net zero, and off grid homes. When the class was divided into specific rolls, I was titled forman and safety control. I have played these rolls before, so it seems to fit me. Having been in this trade for so long, I am able to teach or mentor some of the other students in the way things were done while learning new techniques in the efficiency aspect. I feel like I have learned quite a bit about net zero homes and will be able to teach others in the building industry. I want to teach techniques that reduce the usage of energy, and the waste of money that flows out the window.

Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams

My name is Natalie Williams and I'm 20 years old. I moved to Pittsboro last fall to attend CCCC's sustainable technologies program. I've always had an interest in sustainable agriculture but didn't know much about the technologies side of things. When I decided to go back to school, I wanted to go into something that I didn't know much about, but wanted to learn. I also believe that our environment and natural recourses are extremely important, and we need to start taking steps to conserve what we have left. When coming into this specific construction class, I was nervous about quite a few things, having never worked on a construction site before. I went from trying to understand how houses are built through a text book, to actually using power tools to build one. I've also taken up the job as the photographer. I have gotten to arrange blogs and help design the website, along with a few other projects. This allows me to use my creative side while also learning skills in marketing. I've learned tons about what it takes to sell an idea and get people interested. I see these as skills that I can advance upon and use for the rest of my life. The program itself is truly amazing. I never hoped to learn as much as I have in just under a year. I know that I'll leave here with the knowledge and confidence it takes to make a difference in this world.

Phill Wilson

Phill Wilson

My name is Phill Wilson, I'm 62 years old and I live with my wife and two boys in Chapel Hill. I want to retool and start a business in the area of sustainability The CCCC Sustainable Technologies is the template the sustainability programs for the 55 school NC community college system. NC State, UNC and Duke all offer fine programs and each lead in their perspective areas of study. However, I choose CCCC because community colleges are entirely focused on getting people employment and CCCC has one of the more sophisticated sustainability programs offered in the entire country. On top of that, the students and faculty are talented, great to work with and have made wonderful colleagues.

I am having a terrific time! I am in the procurement role locating the materials and products we need and developing relationships with suppliers and vendors. We are building a team of terrific sponsors who are contributing materials and support. For example, Weyerhaeuser working through Fitch Lumber Company, supplied all our framing lumber at no cost from their Framer Series Lumber. DOW Chemical has just this week committed to supply us with their Weathermate products.

I am completing the Certificate in Green Building this semester and am a graduate of the Certificate in Renewable Energy. I enrolled in the Sustainable Technologies program to chart a new career path and find a way to leave the world a better place. The Green Building Construction has been the ultimate in a hands-on learning experience finding out the realities and the challenges of applied building science. That type of learning experience has a lasting impression and I know I will use this undertaking to share with others the optimism that I have found a in the future of our energy conservation efforts in this country.

John Delafield (Faculty)

John Delafield

My name is John Delafield, I'm 62 years old, and I'm a teacher here at CCCC. I first started to get into the green field because I wanted to leave a better legacy for my children. I was also intrigued by solar technology and personally believe that our environment is important. Later on, I decided to come teach at CCCC because of their open, organic, and entrepreneurial environment. My role as a teacher is delightful. I get to work with bright and creative students who take their responsibilities seriously. I'm excited to be a part of the beginning of a program that will be important to this area for years to come. With 30 years in the building industry, I'm able to bring experience into the class in energy efficient homes and solar technology, as well as the business aspect of things. Through this project I feel that I am becoming a better teacher, with more clear objectives, and better organization skills.