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

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • Peterborough

    Intro to Sketch-Up:

    3D Drafting Basics

    March 24-25, 2018
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

     

    Instructor – Shane MacInnes

    Entry requirements – Open to all.  All participants must bring their own computer with up to date Sketch-Up software installed. A mouse is highly recommended!

     

    Intro to Sketch-Up: 3D Drafting Basics is a two-day hands-on, interactive workshop. Jump into the world of 3D modelling with Sketch-Up.

     

    SketchUp is a unique, free and easy-to-learn 3D software that will help you to create and communicate your design ideas. At this workshop you will learn all the basic techniques for creating a 3D model with SketchUp, making your building ideas come to life!

     

    You will  learn how to turn your 3D Model into a 2D image to produce professional floor plans and your own working drawings.

     

    By the end of this workshop, you will leave with a finished 3D model that has texture, colour, shadows and will be ready for personal or professional use.

     

    For more information visit:

    http://endeavourcentre.org/event/intro-to-sketch-up/


    • 07 Apr 2018
    • Peterborough

    Renewable Energy Workshop

    Installing solar panels renewable energy workshop


    April 7th, 2018

    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough


    Workshop Instructor: Sean Flanagan

    Workshop Description

    It is a widely held dream of many people to live a life powered by renewable energy. But it can be difficult to know how best to proceed with making this dream a reality.

    This workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of renewable energy, designed to help you figure out the best path to finding yourself living a renewable energy lifestyle. Instructor Sean Flanagan has been designing and installing renewable energy systems for over a decade, and unlike many renewable energy teachers he lives off-grid himself, giving him an intimate knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

    The workshop covers all aspects of renewable energy:

    • Off grid and grid tied systems – Which is right for you?
    • Photovoltaics (PV, or “solar electricity”) – How it works and what components go into a system?
    • Wind energy – How it works and what components go into a system?
    • Micro hydro – How it works and what components go into s system?
    • Micro-FIT and Net Metering – How do utility companies deal with renewable systems?
    • Doing an energy audit – How much power do you need and what size system is required?
    • Living with renewable energy – Lifestyle, maintenance and monitoring
    • and much more!

    Installing solar panels renewable energy workshop

    If you’ve ever imagined yourself generating your own power from renewable sources, then this workshop is the perfect first step toward this goal.


    For More info please visit:

    http://endeavourcentre.org/event/introduction-to-renewable-energy-workshop/


    Maximum class size: 12

    Installing solar panels renewable energy workshop

    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Rd, Lakefield ON
    Register

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

    Annual Ontario Natural Building Conference & AGM 2018 - "Housing Within Reach"

    We invite you to join us for two days of Natural Building presentations and learning on April 7 and 8, 2018, 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 April 8, followed by further educational and social events. 


    Accommodation is available from Friday night (Friday night check-ins from 5 - 9pm) 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 Tim Krahn, ONBC President  

    10:30 am   Plenary Session: Panel Discussion - Affordable/Accessible/Sustainable Planned Communities

    Lisa Ker - Salus Ottawa, David McAuley - Guelph Architect, Chief Myenngun Henry - Chippewa Sustainable Living Site


    12:00- 1:00  Lunch - Raffle tickets on sale.

    1:00 - 2:15 PM - Break-out Sessions

    a. Light Straw Clay Panels - Bobby Ilg and Kris Bailey

    b.  Reconciliation between First Nations and Settler Communities - Marianne Griffith and Chief Henry Myeengun

    c. Attendee Selected Session - Post your suggestions on the flip chart.


    2:15-3:15 PM - Break-out Sessions

    a. Panelized Construction Zero Housewith Chris Magwood and Shane MacInnes of Endeavour

    b. Affordable Housing with a focus on urban, multi-family buildings, with Lisa Ker and David McAuley

    c.  Attendee Selected Session - Post your suggestions on the flip chart.


    Break - raffle tickets on sale

    3:30 PM - MoBEE Pre-fabricated Straw Bale Buildings, with Chris Vander Hout, Evolve Builders

    Lessons learned from portable straw bale classrooms in Ottawa, California and residential adaptation in the Muskokas.


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

    6:00 pm  Dinner - Raffle tickets on sale.


    7:30 pm   Slide Show of Recent Natural & Bale Buildings

    "5x5" Slide Show- photos and stories from over a dozen contributors (send your five photos to ckeetch@webhart.net before March 20)


    8:30 pm   Networking and Jam Session. Bring your instrument and join the Jam Session!

    11:00 pm Last call at the bar.

                Sunday

                8:00 am - Breakfast

                9:00 am   Annual General Meeting

                10:00 AM - Carbon Accounting - Chris Magwood

                An update on Chris' adventures in Master's thesis writing - a view from academia, and connections made with regulators, industry and NGO communities.

                12:00  Lunch

                1:15 PM - 2:45 Break Out Sessions

                To be announced


                2:45 PM - Fun-Raising Raffle Draw

                3:30 PM - Closing Remarks and Safe Travels

                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 $25) 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 20. 613-633-3557


                Please contact us if you would like to become a sponsor of this year's conference.


                • 21 Apr 2018
                • 22 Apr 2018
                • Peterborough

                Carpentry For Women


                women's carpentry workshop at Endeavour Centre

                Participants in the first women’s carpentry workshop get ready to create!

                April 21-22, 2018


                9.30 am to 5.00 pm
                Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

                Note: This workshop is being offered three times in 2016. Be sure to register for the correct date.

                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.


                For more information please visit:


                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/carpentry-for-women-workshop/
                • 07 May 2018
                • 8:30 AM
                • 28 Sep 2018
                • 4:30 PM
                • Endeavour Centre

                Sustainable Renovations Course

                Endeavour’s Sustainable Renovations course is a unique, full time, hands-on sustainable building program that will put you at the forefront of the green renovations field.

                You will find yourself at the centre of a renovation project that achieves the highest goals of green building:

                Zero net energy use
                – Zero embodied carbon
                – Zero toxins
                – Zero construction waste

                You will work with teachers and practitioners who are leaders in the field and work with fellow participants who are motivated and enthusiastic.

                It is a unique experience unlike any other construction program in the world!

                2018 Program Dates: May 7 – September 28

                Sustainable Renovations course testimonialFor 2018, our construction project will be the transformation of an unused urban building in downtown Peterborough, Ontario, into habitable, healthy, energy-efficient space.

                Sustainable Renovations Course Overview

                Our full-time Sustainable Renovations course involves you in every aspect of bringing an existing building up to the highest standards of energy efficiency, occupant health and carbon responsibility.

                From simple natural building materials like straw and clay to state-of-the-art energy systems, you will experience the learning that comes from being responsible for all aspects of construction, from planning and budgeting to fine finishes and systems commissioning.

                Interacting with experienced builders and tradespeople, students work with designs, materials and technologies that are at the forefront of sustainable renovations.

                The learning experience suits the seasoned building professional and the excited newcomer alike. The diversity of students in our classes creates a unique atmosphere of cooperation, shared learning and partnership.

                This experience can put you on the path to a future in sustainable renovations, from first-time owner-builder to general contractor.

                Sustainable Renovations course testimonial

                Job Site Experience (70% of program)

                Meaningful job site experience is at the heart of Endeavour’s Sustainable Renovations course. We believe in putting our students in roles of individual responsibility within a cooperative, team-based approach to construction. Working with our experienced instructors and licensed trade professionals, you will be involved in the complete renovation cycle of a high-performance building.

                On the job site, you’ll learn about:

                • Assessing existing building conditions and formulating sustainable solutions
                • Choosing and installing a variety of structural options from foundations to walls to roofs, including rammed earth technologies, natural insulation types, wood framing and natural plasters
                • Creating energy efficient building enclosures, achieving air tightness and avoiding thermal bridges
                • Choosing and installing healthy, natural finishes including earthen floors, wood, natural plasters and paints
                • Choosing and installing efficient, low-carbon heating, cooling and ventilation systems
                • Choosing and installing renewable energy systems

                Classroom Modules (30% of program)

                What Is Sustainable Building?

                • Discovering the language, development and practices of sustainable building is an important beginning to the construction work that will follow. This module covers the history of the movement toward sustainable building, the working language and terminology of the field and a primer in the technologies currently in use to create sustainable buildings.
                • Learn about a wide variety of green building programs (from The Living Building Challenge to EnergyStar) and their philosophy, principles and rating systems.

                Building Science

                • Successful sustainable buildings put good building science to use. This module introduces building science and provides the “thinking platform” that will inform our entire building process.
                • Learn about heat and moisture flows, energy modelling and a thorough building science approach to design and construction for highest performance levels, durability and occupant health and comfort.

                Building Structure

                • Buildings are complex structural systems. This module examines structural principles and how we can put those into practice to create strong, durable buildings.
                • Learn about a wide range of natural building materials and approaches, from earthbag to straw bale to timber framing.

                Renewable Energy & Mechanical Systems

                • Resilient buildings incorporate passive technologies with renewable energy to create buildings with minimal environmental impacts. This module takes a holistic approach to the design and integration of a building’s mechanical systems.
                • Learn about a wide range of renewable energy, heating, cooling, ventilation, water and waste strategies and systems.

                Reading Construction Plans

                • The conversation between designer and builder is based on the construction drawings. This module helps to bring drawings to life and enables you to read, understand and modify drawings.
                • Learn about the complete construction plan process, from client interviews to drafting to material take-offs.

                Building Inspection

                • As a sustainable renovator, you will need to be able to inspect existing buildings and determine construction styles and materials, and identify existing and potential problems with a building
                • Learn about typical residential construction methods of the past century, diagnose issues and propose solutions

                Sustainable Design

                • Each student completes an extensive design assignment, generating a set of sustainable goals, an initial design proposal and a set of preliminary architectural drawing
                • Students learn to use Sketch-Up 3D design software
                • Design projects are for real-world clients, offering experience in client interaction and expectations

                The Business of Sustainable Building

                • It will take dedicated sustainable builders to affect real change in our construction industry. This module brings professionalism and sustainable building together.
                • Learn how the construction business works, and how sustainable builders can make real change while earning a sustainable living.

                Worksite Health & Safety

                • Health and safety are as important in sustainable building as in any kind of construction. This module offers several key safety certifications and training in job site procedure and safety.
                • Learn how to function safely in a wide variety of job site scenarios, from identifying hazardous materials to proper use of personal safety equipment and scaffolding.

                 

                Sustainable Renovation Course Entry Requirements

                There are no formal prerequisites for the sustainable renovations course. The curriculum is designed to accommodate those with lots of construction experience as well as those with little or no building background. The selection process for participants is based on a cover letter you send with your application. We are looking for participants who are serious about pursuing a life path in sustainable and natural building.

                Tuition Fee

                $5,500 (CDN) + HST. Maximum class size: 12                          Apply Now!

                After you graduate…

                Graduates of Endeavour’s full time courses have found employment in a wide range of roles, in Canada and around the world. Some have gone on to become sustainable building contractors, others have specialized in sub-trades such as straw bale wall builders, earthen floor installers, natural plastering, renewable energy installation, green roofing and timber framing. Others have found roles in the design field and as consultants. A few graduates have gone on to build their own sustainable homes. Further training is also possible, with some graduates continuing their education in fields like architecture, building science, carpentry and electrical.

                With Endeavour’s strong connections among sustainable builders and designers in Canada and around the world, many pathways open up for our graduates! Over 70% of our graduates have found work in their desired field.

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                • 26 May 2018
                • Peterborough

                Hempcrete Workshop


                May 26th, 2018

                9.30 am to 4.30 pm
                Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

                Workshop Instructor: Chris Magwood

                Workshop Description

                Come and discover how a simple mix of natural materials can create a remarkable thermal insulation!

                Hempcrete (or hemp-lime) construction uses chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with hydraulic lime to create an insulation material with excellent thermal, moisture-handling and structural properties.

                In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of hempcrete, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international hempcrete building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where hempcrete is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.

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                In the hands-on component of the workshop, participants will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a mix that is appropriate for a desired end use. We will use mixing machinery to create batches of hempcrete, and learn how to place them in a wall, floor and/or roof. Different types of framing and shuttering (or forming) systems will be shown, and every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves.


                For more Information please visit:

                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/hempcrete-workshop-3/

                • 28 May 2018
                • 01 Jun 2018
                • Peterborough

                BCIN – Legal Process 2012


                2012 Building Code Compendium


                BCIN Legal Process 2012 – Exam Prep Course

                May 28th-June 1st, 2018

                Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

                Note: This course is being offered twice in 2016. Be sure to register for the correct dates.

                Instructor: Jeff Chalmers

                In Ontario, all building design practitioners must obtain a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) to ensure familiarity with the Ontario Building Code and to be eligible to obtain the insurance necessary to practice professionally. For designers of residential and small commercial buildings under 600m2 two exams must be passed: General Legal/Process and Part 9/House or Small Buildings. 

                Endeavour will be presenting preparatory courses for both the General Legal/Process and Part 9/House and Small Buildings exams.  We will be offering the new, updated OBOA (Ontario Building Official’s Association) curriculum training, which are the only courses built around the new 2012 Ontario Building Code.

                Participants will need their own copy of the two-volume Ontario Building Code-2012. 

                You can buy the code book HERE  –2012 Building Code Compendium
                (2 Volume Binder Set)  ISBN-978-1-4606-2444-9 

                OBOA work books are included in registration costs!

                General Legal/Process exam prep covers the following topics:

                • Understanding Roles and the Legal Framework of the Act
                • Qualifications and Registration under the Act and the Code
                • Permit Applications and the Issuance Process
                • Inspection and Compliance Process
                • The Occupancy Process
                • Co-operation, Conflict and Dispute Resolution under the Act
                • Offences, Liability and Immunity from Actions
                • Change of Use and Renovations, and
                • Complying with Division B
                • CADS and Alternative Compliance Pathways

                Entry Requirements
                Must own a copy of the 2012 Ontario Building Code. See links above to obtain a copy of the Building code.

                For more info please visit:

                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/legal-process-bcin-course/


                • 02 Jun 2018
                • 03 Jun 2018
                • Peterborough

                Design Your Own Sustainable Home


                June2-3, 2018
                9.30 am to 4.30 pm
                Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

                Workshop Instructor:
                Chris Magwood

                Workshop Description

                The dream of designing and building one’s own home is one of the most deeply held desires in our culture. The dream of designing and building a sustainable home marries that desire with a wish to live lightly (and affordably!) on the planet.

                However, many questions face the prospective owner-builder setting out on this journey. To design yourself or hire a designer? To build yourself, or hire builders for different phases? How to choose from a myriad of competing natural building materials? How to choose heating options, water and waste options, electricity options? How to manage budgets and timelines? How to choose a piece of land? This workshop will explore all of these questions in an in-depth way.

                The workshop is designed to be an un-biased look at all the options available to the prospective owner-builder, and to assist you with tools to help you assess and choose your way to the house of your dreams. You will leave this workshop ready to handle all the competing claims and information you will face by focusing on your personal goals and aspirations and creating a road map for how best to meet them.


                Entry Requirements
                Open to all


                For more information please visit:


                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/design-your-own-home-2/



                Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

                Maximum class size: 12

                • 16 Jun 2018
                • 17 Jun 2018
                • Peterborough

                Natural Plaster Workshop: Base Coat to Finish

                June 16-17,2018


                Our Natural Plaster Workshop takes you from base coat to fine finishes. Clay and lime plasters are beautiful, non-toxic, good for the planet and lots of fun to mix and apply!

                 

                Learn to work with natural clay and lime binders using recipes and techniques that will work on any natural wall material as well as conventional wall types. You will discover how to prepare wall surfaces and set up a plastering job to look great.

                 

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                Base coat plasters are a thick and straw-rich layer that can be applied by hand or by trowel, and you will get to experience both techniques. Find out how to build up a thick base coat with the form and texture you want. Learn to avoid cracking, delamination, slumping and dusting so your base coat will be long-lasting, durable and a great substrate for a good looking finish. The hands-on format offers you lots of opportunity to practice and gain valuable application skills.

                 

                Finish coat plasters are thin, can be pigmented with rich colours and textured in countless ways. You will learn how to apply fine finishes to ensure you get the look you desire for your walls. Troweling, compression and burnishing techniques will all be part of the hands-on experience.

                 

                In the Natural Plaster Workshop you will experience plasters made from natural earth, processed clay, hydrated and hydraulic lime and clay-lime blends. Discover how to source ingredients, make test samples and choose the right type of plaster for every need.

                 


                 

                 

                Art and Science of Natural Plaster


                For more information please visit:

                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/natural-plaster-workshop/

                 

                 

                • 07 Jul 2018
                • Peterborough

                Earthen Floor Workshop


                July 7th,2018


                An earthen floor can be beautiful, durable and a joy to walk on! It is also the most sustainable flooring option available.

                During the workshop, participants will learn how to create an earthen floor mix from site soils and natural ingredients. We’ll look at how to test soils for suitability in floors, and how to amend soils to make a good mix for floors. We’ll lay and trowel out floor samples, and learn techniques for getting the desired surface characteristics.

                Find out about how to prepare a variety of floor substrates for an earthen floor and natural finishing options for earthen floors. Maintenance and repair issues will also be addressed.

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                Mixing and laying an earthen floor is a skill that is quite easy to learn, and you’ll leave this workshop eager to try out an earthen floor of your own!


                For more information please visit:

                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/earth-floors/


                • 09 Jul 2018
                • 27 Jul 2018
                • Peterborough

                Timber Framing – Three Week Intensive

                 

                Workshop Instructor: Dawson Willsey

                 

                Dates: July 9 – 27, 2018

                 

                Timber framing is an ancient craft with plenty of modern applications, and therein lies its ongoing appeal. Traditional wood joinery is as relevant today as it was centuries ago. In this timber framing workshop you will learn all stages of timber framing, from initial design and layout, through cutting joints, to assembling a finished frame.

                 

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                Instructor Dawson Willsey, an experienced timber framer, will guide you through the entire timber framing process. Whether you are completely new to the craft or have had some timber framing experience, this course will expand your skills and give you the confidence to attempt your own timber framing project.

                 

                Small group learning will afford lots of time to develop skills and confidence, ask questions and discuss ideas. There will be plenty of time to practice with tools and to become familiar with terminology. You’ll learn about tool safety and sharpening, how to choose and buy tools, selecting and purchasing materials for projects, making sketches for projects and choosing non-toxic, healthy finishes.

                 

                This timber framing workshop is the ideal opportunity to learn the entire process from start to finish!

                All participants will be expected to have their own safety boots and hard hats.


                For more information please visit:

                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/timber-framing-workshop-2/

                • 22 Sep 2018
                • Peterborough

                Hempcrete Workshop


                May 26th, 2018

                9.30 am to 4.30 pm

                Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

                Workshop Instructor: Chris Magwood

                Workshop Description

                Comeand discover how a simple mix of natural materials can create a remarkable thermal insulation!

                Hempcrete (or hemp-lime) construction uses chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with hydraulic lime to create an insulation material with excellent thermal, moisture-handling and structural properties.

                In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of hempcrete, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international hempcrete building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where hempcrete is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.

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                In the hands-on component of the workshop, participants will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a mix that is appropriate for a desired end use. We will use mixing machinery to create batches of hempcrete, and learn how to place them in a wall, floor and/or roof. Different types of framing and shuttering (or forming) systems will be shown, and every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves.


                For more Information please visit:

                http://endeavourcentre.org/event/hempcrete-2/

                • 20 Oct 2018
                • 21 Oct 2018
                • Peterborough

                Carpentry For Women


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                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

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                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

              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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