Events

The events listed here are provided as-is out of interest to community members. Unless otherwise noted, the ONBC does not endorse any of the following events.

To have your natural building-related event listed here, send an email to webmaster@naturalbuildingcoalition.ca with the title, location, dates, short description, and web page link. Priority will be given to events in Ontario, and to those directly related to straw bale construction.

Upcoming events

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Peterborough

    Carpentry For Women


    women's carpentry workshop at Endeavour Centre


    October 20-21, 2018

    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough


    Workshop Instructor(s): Jen Feigin & Deirdre McGahern


    Workshop Description

    This workshop is intended to create a friendly, inviting space for women who would like to learn the basics of carpentry. In the comfort of a women-only space, Jen and Deirdre will introduce you to the world of measuring, marking and layout, hand and power tools, and eco-friendly finishes.

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    Over two days, you will gain confidence in basic carpentry as you work on a take-home project. There will be plenty of time to practice with tools and to become familiar with terminology. You’ll learn about tool safety, how to choose and buy tools, selecting and purchasing materials for projects, making sketches for projects and choosing non-toxic, healthy finishes.

    The small group learning will afford lots of time to ask questions and discuss ideas.

    Each participant will construct and bring home a pair of folding saw horses that can be used as a work platform for future projects or as a base for a desk!

    Jen is a builder and designer with the Endeavour Centre. Deirdre is the owner of Straworks, a design-build firm based in Peterborough.


    Entry Requirements
    Open to all women


    For more information please visit:


    http://endeavourcentre.org/event/carpentry-for-women/


    Maximum class size: 10

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Peterborough

    Construction Skills for Women

    Endeavour is excited to introduce a new Construction Skills for Women workshop in 2018!


    This workshop is held over four weekends:
    June 9/10
    & June 23/24 & July 14/15 & July 28/29

    Interested in learning some bad-ass building skills? Our Construction Skills for Women workshop is your chance! This workshop involves you in all the steps of framing and finishing a small building. You’ll measure, mark, cut and assemble floors, roofs, walls, doors, windows and siding… all in a supportive atmosphere with two experienced women carpenters to lead and direct you.

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    Course Overview


    Construction skills for women course

    Weekend One:

    • Tools and tool safety
    • Construction terminology
    • Measuring, marking and layout

    Weekend Two:

    • Wall framing
    • Wall raising

    Construction skills for women course

    Weekend Three:

    • Roof framing
    • Roofing installation
    • Siding

    Weekend Four:

    • Doors & Windows
    • Trim and finishes

    Learning Outcomes

    Endeavour’s Construction Skills for Women workshop will give you the skills and confidence to create your own small building and tackle other building/repair projects.

    You will gain experience with:

    • Power tools and hand tools so you know what tools you’ll need to get the job done
    • Evaluating and sourcing material for projects
    • Framing for code-approved floor, wall and roof assemblies
    • Cutting and assembling framing components
    • Installing doors and windows
    • Sheathing and siding materials

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    Instructors

    Construction Skills for Women is led by Endeavour Centre’s Jen Feigin, who has led over 100 women through our popular Carpentry for Women workshop. Jen will be joined by one other woman instructor, TBA.


    The instructors and curriculum are designed to accommodate those with no previous building or tool experience as well as those who have some background.

    This workshop is held over four weekends: 
    June 9-10
    & June 23-24 & July 14-15 & July 28-29


    Learn More: http://endeavourcentre.org/event/construction-skills-women/

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Peterborough

    Prefab Straw Bale Construction Workshop

    The prefab straw bale construction workshop is led by Chris Magwood, who has been working with prefab straw bale systems since 2000, and has been involved in over 20 projects that have used prefab systems. He is the author of Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction (2016).

     

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    This workshop will include:

    • One day of theory and design, reviewing a wide range of different systems and their components and cover construction, shipping & handling of panels, connections, services and finishes
    • One day of construction of a number of sample panels in a variety of methods

    This workshop is ideal for designers and builders who are interested in pursuing the idea of panelized construction, and homeowners who are serious about using prefab systems on their own projects.

     

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    For More information Please visit:

    http://endeavourcentre.org/event/pre-fab-strawbale-construction/

Past events

30 Sep 2018 Ontario Natural Homes Tour - Sun. Sept 30, 2018
22 Sep 2018 Hempcrete Workshop
18 Aug 2018 Building with Hempcrete Workshop
16 Jul 2018 Timber Framing – Three Week Intensive
07 Jul 2018 Earth Floors Workshop
16 Jun 2018 Plastering Systems for Straw Bale Construction
02 Jun 2018 Design Your Own Sustainable Home
28 May 2018 Building Code Course– Legal Process 2012
26 May 2018 Hempcrete Workshop
07 May 2018 5 Month Sustainable Renovation Program
21 Apr 2018 Carpentry For Women
07 Apr 2018 Ontario Natural Building Conference & AGM 2018
07 Apr 2018 Renewable Energy Workshop
24 Mar 2018 Intro to Sketch-Up
03 Feb 2018 Design Your Own Sustainable Home
28 Aug 2017 Ontario Natural Homes Tour - Sunday Sept 24, 2017
01 Apr 2017 Ontario Natural Building Conference & AGM 2017
03 Dec 2016 Rocket Mass Heater workshop
18 Nov 2016 Straw Bale Building Workshop
12 Nov 2016 Net Zero Energy Certification Course
30 Oct 2016 Light Clay/Straw Workshop
22 Oct 2016 Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plasters
03 Oct 2016 Networking Cocktails, hosted by the French Natural Fibres Trade Mission
02 Oct 2016 Ontario Natural Homes Tour
24 Sep 2016 Eco-Paints: Understanding and Using Healthy House Paint
06 Aug 2016 Build Your Own Adobe Bread & Pizza Oven
16 Jul 2016 Make a Wooden Cutting Board workshop
01 Jul 2016 Make Your Own Solar Shower
18 Jun 2016 Net Zero Energy Certification Course
11 Jun 2016 Rocket Mass Heater workshop
06 Jun 2016 Building Code Courses -Small Buildings
27 May 2016 Fundamentals of Building Science
14 May 2016 Build Your Own Adobe Bread & Pizza Oven
30 Apr 2016 Renewable Energy Workshop
24 Apr 2016 Compressed Earth Block Workshop
10 Apr 2016 Light Clay/Straw Workshop
09 Apr 2016 Hempcrete Workshop
19 Mar 2016 Design Your Own Sustainable Home – in Ottawa
12 Mar 2016 Building Code Course– Legal Process 2012
01 Mar 2016 Green & Healthy Home Renovation series
27 Feb 2016 Carpentry For Women
13 Feb 2016 Tadelakt Plastering
08 Feb 2016 Ontario Building Code Course- HOUSE 2012
08 Feb 2016 Eco Paints: Understanding Healthy House Paint – Toronto
06 Feb 2016 Design Your Own Sustainable Home – in Toronto
05 Dec 2015 Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plaster
29 Nov 2015 Hempcrete Workshop
28 Nov 2015 Renewable Energy Workshop
13 Nov 2015 (copy) Ontario Building Code (BCIN) – General Legal
07 Nov 2015 Tadelakt Plaster for Beginners
31 Oct 2015 Design Your Own Sustainable Home
25 Oct 2015 Natural Building Design: New or Retrofit
24 Oct 2015 Eco Conscious Living: Create Your Own Personal Transition Plan!
03 Oct 2015 Plastering for Straw Bale Construction
25 Sep 2015 Straw Bale Building Workshop
18 Sep 2015 Framing Carpentry for Women
12 Sep 2015 Build Your Own Adobe Bread & Pizza Oven
05 Sep 2015 Earthbag Building Workshop
08 Aug 2015 Earth Floors Workshop
25 Jul 2015 Natural, Non-toxic Eco-Paints Workshop
26 Jun 2015 Ontario Building Code (BCIN) – General Legal
20 Jun 2015 Carpentry For Women
12 Jun 2015 Rocket Stove/Rocket Mass Heater workshop
29 May 2015 Framing Carpentry for Women
28 Mar 2015 Natural Building Conference & AGM 2015
09 Jan 2015 Emerge: Leadership Islandwood Weekend Residency
01 Nov 2014 Hempcrete Workshop
26 Oct 2014 Natural Building Design
25 Oct 2014 Eco Conscious Living
21 Sep 2014 Tour the house that Thinks, Drinks, and Breathes!
19 Sep 2014 Fundamentals of Building Science
24 Aug 2014 The Art of Tool Sharpening Workshop
16 Aug 2014 Carpentry for Women
09 Aug 2014 Adobe Oven/ Pizza Oven Building
12 Jul 2014 2012 General Legal -Ontario Building Code (BCIN) Courses-
12 Jul 2014 Brick & Stone Masonry Repair For The Homeowner
05 Jul 2014 Tadelakt for Beginners
01 Jul 2014 Make Your Own Solar Shower
01 Jul 2014 Straw Bale Building Workshop
01 Jul 2014 Plastering for Straw Bale Construction
21 Jun 2014 Introduction to earth and lime plasters
14 Jun 2014 Milk Paint Finishing Workshop
24 May 2014 2012 House -Ontario Building Code (BCIN) Courses-
10 May 2014 Design Your Own Sustainable Home workshop
01 Mar 2014 Natural Building Conference & AGM 2014
30 Jan 2014 Natural Building Symposium and Special Panel Event at the Guelph Organic Conference
11 Jan 2014 Women's Carpentry
23 Nov 2013 Design Your Own Sustainable Home workshop
09 Nov 2013 Straw Bale Building Workshop
13 Sep 2013 Earth Plaster Finishes
24 Aug 2013 Artistic Clay Plaster Finishes Workshop
16 Aug 2013 Clay Floors with Sukita Reay Crimmel
29 Jun 2013 Hypar Lightweight Roofing Workshop
15 Jun 2013 Fifth Wind Farm Party
27 May 2013 A Straw Bale workshop with Tom Rijven
12 May 2013 Sufficient Living Introduction: Small Scale Homesteading
27 Apr 2013 HOW TO CREATE YOUR ORGANIC DREAM HOME
24 Mar 2013 Home Energetic Balancing - 1 DAY WORKSHOP
23 Mar 2013 Building Code BCIN Course - Part 9/House
18 Mar 2013 Fundamentals of Building Science
16 Mar 2013 Natural Building Conference & AGM 2013
16 Mar 2013 Timber Frame Joinery
16 Mar 2013 Report on Natural Building Conference and AGM 2013 By Frank Tettemer
12 Mar 2013 Home Energetic Balancing - FREE EVENING SEMINAR
11 Mar 2013 Hypar Lightweight Roof Workshop
10 Mar 2013 Natural Building House Design - 1 DAY WORKSHOP
23 Feb 2013 How to Create your Organic Dream Home - 2 DAY WORKSHOP
16 Feb 2013 Timber Frame Joinery
16 Feb 2013 Tadelakt for Beginners
12 Feb 2013 Healthy Organic Building - FREE EVENING SEMINAR
02 Feb 2013 Building Code BCIN Course - General Legal
20 Jan 2013 Artistic Clay Finish Plasters
16 Jan 2013 How to Install a Clivus Multrum composting toilet workshop
08 Dec 2012 Knots and Rigging for Construction workshop
29 Nov 2012 Passive Buildings Canada AGM
17 Nov 2012 Design Your Own Sustainable Home workshop
20 Oct 2012 Straw Bale Building Workshop with Master Builder Tom Rijven
20 Oct 2012 Being Your Own General Contractor
13 Oct 2012 Designing Your Own Sustainable Home: A Workshop for Owner-Builders
30 Sep 2012 2012 Fall House Tour
16 Sep 2012 2012 International Straw Bale Conference
19 Aug 2012 A Natural Building Introduction – with Architecture for Humanity (Toronto Chapter)
19 Aug 2012 Earth Floors 101 Workshop
12 Aug 2012 Cordwood and Straw Bale Together at Last!
29 Jul 2012 Make Your Own Solar Shower
27 Jul 2012 Engineering Outside The Box, with Bruce King & John Straube
26 Jul 2012 Architecture after Oil: Natural Building in the 21st Century with Bruce King
22 Jun 2012 Earth Plasters & Natural Paint Finishes: Workshop
13 Jun 2012 Building with Straw TALK + Energy Balancing Tools for EMF Protection Presentation
16 May 2012 Natural Earth Building TALK + Energy Balancing Tools for EMF Protection Presentation
09 May 2012 Building quarter-domes
27 Apr 2012 Sustainable Building with WOOD, Part 2
09 Apr 2012 5 Month Sustainable Building Certificate
31 Mar 2012 Being Your Own General Contractor
30 Mar 2012 Sustainable Building with WOOD, Part 1
24 Mar 2012 2012 OSBBC AGM & Building Conference
21 Mar 2012 Creating your Healthy, Organic Dream Home
10 Mar 2012 Building Code - Small Buildings
01 May 2011 OSBBC AGM
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