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Natural Building Conference & AGM 2015

  • 28 Mar 2015
  • 8:00 AM
  • 29 Mar 2015
  • 4:00 PM
  • Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Rd, Lakefield ON

Registration

  • AGM Meeting Sunday morning only (no meals)
  • Saturday (1 day only) with lunch & snacks
  • Saturday only - Bring Own Meals
  • Saturday (1 day only) with lunch & snacks
  • Saturday Only - Bring own meals
  • Sunday (1 day only) with lunch & snacks
  • Sunday Only - Bring Own Meals
  • Sunday (1 day only) with lunch & snacks
  • Sunday Only - Bring Own Meals
  • Saturday with lunch, dinner & snacks
  • Saturday with lunch, dinner & snacks
  • (2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, snacks)
  • 2 Nights Accommodation (Friday and Saturday), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & snacks.
  • 2 nights accommodation (Friday and Saturday), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & snacks
  • Weekend rate for board members (1 night, 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, snacks)
  • 1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & snacks
  • 1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & snacks
  • Children under 16 years of age attending conference with a member or non-member parent. NOTE: THERE IS NO CHILD CARE AVAILABLE ON SITE, PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN AND MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE IMMEDIATE CONFERENCE AREA IF CHILDREN ARE BEING TOO DISRUPTIVE.

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 To register, click on the REGISTER button, located below the fees listing on the left side of this page.

Annual Natural Building Conference AGM 2015

We invite you to join us for two days of Natural Building Professional Development on March 28 and 29, 2015, at our annual Natural Building Conference. Like previous years, there will be a variety of workshops, round table discussions, and presentations on a variety of topics of interest to builders and potential owner-builders.


This conference is a great opportunity to connect with others in the natural building and straw bale community who we don't often get the chance to meet up with. Tasty libations  and a music jam on Saturday evening will give everyone time to mix and mingle both personally and professionally!


The Ontario Natural Building Coalitions’ Annual General Meeting of members will take place at 9am on Sunday March 29, followed by further educational and social events. (Friday night check-ins from 5 - 9pm)


Accommodation is available from Friday night through to Sunday, and super delicious and healthy meals are included.

(Most food sensitivities can be accommodated)


Accommodation is "Indoor Camping Style". Bedding and towels are not provided. You must bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and/or bedding, towels etc. A flashlight is a good idea too.


 To register, click on the REGISTER button, located below the fees listing on the left side of this page.
PLEASE NOTE: Registering early, helps the kitchen staff plan our delicious meals!


For Ride Shares, go to our Facebook Ride Share Page and coordinate a ride with others.

Location
Camp Kawartha  / Outdoor Education Centre
1010 Birchview Road
Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
Directions and map
8:00 - 9:30 am  Registration (please arrive early, so you can check-in, find your cabin etc., and not miss any of the conference!)
10 am   Welcome and Introduction with Frank Tettemer, ONBC President    -Franks Bio

10:30 am   Traditional and Contemporary Natural Building in Japan with Kyle Holzhueter

An introduction to traditional Japanese architecture including timber framing, stone foundations, thatch roofing and plastering, followed by a pictographic  exploration of contemporary Japanese natural building.   - Kyles' bio


1:15 PM - Break-Out Sessions

a. "An introduction to Japanese plastering" - Hands-On Plastering – Kyle Holzhueter

An introduction to traditional and contemporary Japanese plastering, including history, fundamentals, plastering procedures, materials and tools. The workshop will involve repeated practice of a typical Japanese earthen plaster brown/middle coat application and finish application of lime plaster over earth and gypsum.


b. "Building Permit Success - Alternative Solutions" - Terrell Wong, Tim Krahn          

c.  Voter-selected break-out topic from bulletin board


2:15 PM - Break-out Sessions

a. "An introduction to Japanese plastering" - Hands-On Plastering – Kyle Holzhueter
b. PassivHaus Panel
c. "Up-To-Date Approach to Off-Grid Design" – Mike McGahern

The dramatic decrease in solar panels pricing over the past 2 years has changed the way "off grid design" takes place. From Battery Banks to Charge controllers, we will explore a different way to look at "off grid design" and how you can help your customer reduce overall system costs.  - Mike's Bio

   

3:30 PM - "Ten Ways to Build with Bales: Case Studies of Advantages and Disadvantages" - Chris Magwood

This session is a critical look at 10 unique straw bale wall systems, detailing the positive and negative aspects of each one, and laying out the criteria that each system is best suited to meet. -  Chris' Bio

5:00 pm   BaleHeart Bar opens with organic wines and craft beers and ales.


7:30 pm   Slide Show of Recent Natural & Bale Buildings - "5x5" Pecha Kucha - photos and stories from over a dozen contributors (send your five photos to ckeetch@webhart.net before March 13)


8:30 pm   Social Networking Party Saturday Night. Bring your instrument and join the Jam Session!

              Sunday

              9:00 am   Annual General Meeting

              10:00 AM - "Creative Place Making with Natural Materials and Processes" - Anna Wolfson

              Surface design, spatial design, and experiential design can unleash creativity and inspiration before, during, and after the construction phase.  Become inspired to creatively highlight the inherent beauty, strengths, and expressivity of natural building, sculpting, and finishing materials in your place making endeavours by collaborating with the materials, the building, and the elements themselves!  - Anna's Bio 

              1:30 PM - Break-out Sessions

              a. Women in Construction panel with Melinda Zytaruk, Sylvia Cook, Jen Feigin, Sarah Seitz, Terrell Wong and Anna Wolfson
              b. Voter-selected break out-topic from bulletin board

              3:00 PM - Fun-Raising Raffle Draw

              3:30 - 4:00 PM - Closing Remarks

              PLEASE NOTE: Registering early, helps the kitchen staff plan our delicious meals!


               To register, click on the REGISTER button, located below the fees listing, on the left side of this page.

              Members will receive member pricing by logging in with your email address and password using the two boxes at the top of every page of this website. 

              Non-members can obtain member pricing, by becoming a new member (starts at $20) before registering.


              Display Tables

              There will be opportunity for free display tables (2’ – 4’ space only) for our Professional Members as well as presentation boards of current work to display.


              Also, if you have a current straw bale or natural building you would like to show in our slide show, please send 2 – 5 pictures to Cheryl Keetch by March 13. 

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