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

    • 02 May 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Endeavour Centre
    Endeavour's 6-month, full-time Sustainable New Construction certificate program involves you in every aspect of making a highly sustainable building. From simple natural building materials like straw and clay to state-of-the-art energy systems, our students 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 building, including:

    * straw bale * earthen plasters * earthbag * hempcrete * straw/clay * timber frame * solar hot water * rain water collection and treatment * alternative wastewater treatment * geothermal heating * photovoltaics * earthen floors * advanced lighting * cob * local wood & woodworking * and much more!

    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 building, from first-time owner-builder to general contractor.

    For more information or to register:
    http://endeavourcentre.org/programs/new-construction/
    • 27 May 2016
    • 29 May 2016
    • Peterborough

    Fundamentals of Building Science


    Thermal image of house

    May 27-29, 2016
    9 am to 5 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    Workshop Instructor: Jacob Deva Racusin

    Workshop Description

    Every builder and homeowner should understand the principles of heat and moisture flow in buildings. What is air-tightness and why is it important? How can you avoid moisture and mold problems? What is proper ventilation, and how can you achieve it? How to blend energy efficiency and healthy indoor environment? Building science offers us answers to these kinds of critical questions.

    Building Science is relatively new field of study, but the issues it addresses are age-old: How do buildings work and how can we design them to work better?

    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of building science, and will involve participants in the understanding of thermal and moisture dynamics through lecture, case study, hands-on testing, demonstration, design exercises, and design review. The course is focused on applying building science principles to inform best design and construction practices, and is suitable for both designers and builders.

    The lessons learned in this workshop will help participants to design and build better buildings, providing a toolbox for understanding how to achieve high performance in a wide range of building scenarios.

    Jacob Deva Racusin is a leader among the new breed of building scientists who blend modern theory with natural building practice to revolutionize how we approach making the best buildings possible. He draws equally from the worlds of lab-based science and that of healthy, sustainable and natural building materials to create designs that combine the best of the past with the best of the future. He is a partner in New Frameworks Natural Building and the author of the forthcoming book,  Essential Building Science.

    CHECK OUT THE COURSE OUTLINE HERE

    Entry Requirements:
    Open to all


    • 06 Jun 2016
    • 10 Jun 2016
    • Peterborough

    BCIN – Small Buildings Exam Prep Course


    BCIN Small Buildings – Exam Prep Course2012 Building Code Compendium
    June 6 –  10, 2016
    8.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    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 small residential and non-residential buildings under 6,000m3 two exams must be passed: General Legal/Process and Part 9/Small Buildings. 

    Endeavour will be presenting preparatory courses for both the General Legal/Process and Part 9/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 or fully up to date 2006. 

    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!

    This training course has been developed to assist experienced practitioners review and become more familiar with the portions of the 2012 Building Code dealing with Part 9 small buildings. It is largely based on Parts 3, 9 and 12 of Division B of the Building Code along with Supplementary Standards SB-2, SB-3, and SB-7, Note: SB-9 is covered in the companion manual entitled House – 2012. The Small Buildings Manual has been designed to prepare those Building Code Act Practitioners who intend to challenge the Small Buildings – 2012 examination.

    At the end of the course, you will be prepared to challenge the examinations for each course, which are held regularly at sites across Ontario. See the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing web site at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page8617.aspx for exam locations and dates.

    Entry Requirements
    Must own a copy of the 2012 Ontario Building Code or 2006 code with all amendments. See links above to obtain a copy of the Building code.

    Fee
    Early Bird $595 – Includes workbook (value of 125$) 
    Regular $650 – Includes workbook (value of 125$) 

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 11 Jun 2016
    • 12 Jun 2016
    • Peterborough

    Rocket Mass Heater workshop


    June 11-12, 2016

    December 3-4, 2016
    9.30 am to 5 pm, both days
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

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

    Instructor: Andrew Brunning

    Workshop Description:

    Learn how to make your own high efficiency wood heating device for your own home!

    A Rocket Mass Heater (RMH) is a super-efficient wood-fired heating system composed of two parts: Part One is a rocket stove, consisting of a feed tube, burn tunnel and heat riser; Part Two is the mass chimney, through which hot exhaust gases from the rocket stove are ducted into a thermal heat storage made of masonry materials like cob, stone, urbanite or brick.  All of the heat that goes up the chimney with a conventional wood stove is saved and stored in a Rocket Mass Heater.  The heated up Mass can radiate heat for up to 48hrs or longer after the fire is out. A RMH can also incorporate a cooking surface and an oven, and can be finished to become a beautiful centrepiece in a home.

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    Unlike open tube rocket stoves, a RMH can have a sealed combustion chamber and allow users to stoke a firebox with a long burn time. This make a RMH much more appropriate for heating homes and other spaces where open combustion is not desirable.

    In this workshop, you will learn about the design parameters for making a RMH, and will assist in the full construction of a functional heater, from creating an insulated base to laying out the chimney, from assembling the fire brick core to putting on a decorative finish.

    The workshop will pay particular attention to appropriate design, sourcing of materials and the use of recycled and natural building materials in the creation of a RMH.

    Instructor Andrew Brunning is the proprietor of rocketmassheater.ca.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird -$295
    Regular – $350
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 18 Jun 2016
    • 19 Jun 2016
    • Peterborough

    Net Zero Energy Certification Course


    Canada's Greenest Home

    June 18-19, 2016

    November 12-13, 2016
    9 am – 5 pm, both days
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

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

    Instructor: Ross Elliott

    Workshop Description:

    Developed in alignment with Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s incoming national Net Zero Certification program, this workshop is the first of its kind to deliver value and market advantage to builders interested in the next generation of programs. This workshop also satisfies R-2000 Builder Training requirements.

    This information-packed workshop will provide you with:

    • A market advantage by being among the first in Canada to receive Net Zero Training
    • Unparalleled building science technical preparation for building Net Zero and Net Zero Ready homes based on the incoming CHBA Net Zero protocol
    • The ability to efficiently design and plan for the incoming Net Zero certification requirements
    • Practical understanding of how to build homes to Net Zero standards using cost-effective technologies which are already available
    • Training and support to successfully market and sell a Net Zero home by one of Canada’s most seasoned experts
    • Entry to a community of builders who will be receiving ongoing, practical information on the development of the program, including support from EnerQuality’s administrative and Quality Assurance team
    • Net Zero R-2000 Training Manual for use during the workshop and for future reference
    • A complimentary home enrolment, for either Net Zero or R-2000* from Canada’s #1 certifier of energy efficient homes
    • Recognition as an R-2000 Trained builder and/or maintain your access status
    • Certificate Recognition of your training and expertise

    Topics Include

    • Standard Building Science Principles
    • Air Barrier Systems
    • Windows
    • Foundations
    • Advanced Construction
    • Air-Sealing Techniques
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Marketing
    • R-2000 Quality Assurance Process Overview
    • Part of the Builder’s R-2000 licensing requirements
    • The first step on the road to becoming an R-2000 trained and Net Zero qualified builder

    Entry Requirement
    Open to all

    Fee

    Early bird – $745
    Regular – $795
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    • 01 Jul 2016
    • Peterborough

    Plastering Systems for Straw Bale Construction


    TBA, July 2016

    Instructors:
    Chris Magwood & Jen Feigin

    Straw bale walls are unlike any other wall type when it comes to plastering. The unique substrate of undulating straw combined with the many important roles the plaster plays in a straw bale wall system (it is structure, weather-proofing, air sealing and aesthetic finish all in one!) means that plastering straw bale walls is a skill all unto itself.

    This workshop will focus on Endeavour’s unique two-part, one-coat system of plastering. Over many years of development, we’ve refined this technique to allow the full depth of plaster to be applied to bale wall at one time. Using a high clay content and a high chopped straw content, this style of plastering combines strength, simplicity and user-friendliness. This system can be used to create the final finish on a wall, or have a final skim coat finish applied over top.

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    Participants will get to experience materials selection, mixing ratios and equipment, the mixing process and spend lots of guided time applying the plaster to a permanent building.

    The workshop will cover clay plasters (using local soils and bagged clay) and clay/lime hybrid plasters.

    With this workshop under your belt, you’ll be ready to tackle your own straw bale plastering project!

    Entry Requirements:
    Open to all

    Fee:
    Early bird – $295
    Regular – $350
    Fees include healthy lunches (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    • 01 Jul 2016
    • Peterborough

    Make Your Own Solar Shower


    TBA, July 2016

    Instructor Name: Chris Magwood

    Workshop Description

    There is nothing better than taking an outdoor shower in your own backyard with free hot water from the sun!
    In this workshop, you will learn how to build your own solar collector and install your collector in a thermosyphoning system that will generate copious amounts of free hot water for your shower without the use of pumps or electricity.

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    During the workshop, we will construct and install a complete outdoor solar shower from commonly available materials and parts.

    Find out about solar collector systems connected to any outdoor hose and those hooked up to rainwater collection systems, as well as portable systems. Maintenance, winter-proofing and drainage issues will also be addressed.

    Building your own solar hot water shower is one of the fastest, most immediate and empowering ways to learn about solar hot water and low-impact systems.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird – $295
    Regular – $350
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 12


    TBA, July 2016

    Instructor Name: Chris Magwood

    Workshop Description

    There is nothing better than taking an outdoor shower in your own backyard with free hot water from the sun!
    In this workshop, you will learn how to build your own solar collector and install your collector in a thermosyphoning system that will generate copious amounts of free hot water for your shower without the use of pumps or electricity.

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    During the workshop, we will construct and install a complete outdoor solar shower from commonly available materials and parts.

    Find out about solar collector systems connected to any outdoor hose and those hooked up to rainwater collection systems, as well as portable systems. Maintenance, winter-proofing and drainage issues will also be addressed.

    Building your own solar hot water shower is one of the fastest, most immediate and empowering ways to learn about solar hot water and low-impact systems.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird – $295
    Regular – $350
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 16 Jul 2016
    • Peterborough

    Make a Wooden Cutting Board workshop


    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    Instructor: Annie Murphy

    Learn the basics of woodworking during this 1-day introductory workshop. We’ll walk you through the basics of working with wood, hand and power tools and you’ll discover the joy of woodworking as you complete a take-home project. We’ll go over the major shop tools (jointer, planer, table-saw, chop-saw, router, bandsaw), show you how to use them safely and discuss what to consider when buying tools. Each participant will build a unique cutting board and we’ll go over wood finishing products and all the non-toxic, healthy options out there.

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    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird – $125
    Regular – $150
    Includes healthy lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 07 Aug 2016
    • Peterborough

    Build Your Own Adobe Bread & Pizza Oven


    May 14 – 15, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Fifth Wind Farm, Cold Springs ON

    Instructor: Tina Therrien

    Adobe ovens make incomparable food! Easy to build from natural and local materials, these ovens are a great addition to any back yard, campground or park… anywhere that people gather to share food and company.

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    During this workshop, participants will learn the theory of how the ovens are designed and how to use them for cooking. The class will then build an oven from start to finish, using nothing but local materials including stone, clay, sand and straw.

    Entry Requirements:

    Open to all

    Fee:
    Early bird – $295
    Regular – $350
    Fee includes  lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 19 Sep 2016
    • 23 Sep 2016
    • Peterborough

    BCIN – Legal Process 2012

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    BCIN Legal Process 2012 –2012 Building Code Compendium Exam Prep Course

    March 12-13 & 19,20,21, 2016
    (Delivered over two weekends)

    Sept 19-23, 2016
    (Delivered over five days)
    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.

    Fee
    Early Bird – $595
    Regular – $650
    Fees include workbook (value of $125)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 24 Sep 2016
    • Peterborough

    Eco-Paints: Understanding and Using Healthy House Paintnatural non-toxic paint

    Saturday, September 24, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    Instructor: Jen Feigin & Chris Magwood

    Workshop Description:

    Learn how to make and use a wide range of natural, non-toxic eco-paints that are beautiful, healthy, durable and affordable.

    natural non-toxic paintOur homes contain hundreds of square feet of painted surfaces, and most of them are covered with petrochemical products. Even the latest “no-VOC” paints contain chemical compounds that are bad for the environment in their production, disposal and during their lifespan on our walls. Fortunately, there is an exciting array of paints that are made from all-natural materials, and that are completely non-toxic and biodegradable.

    In this workshop, you will learn about a wide range of commercially available paint options, including clay, lime, casein and natural oil paints, as well discover recipes for making your own versions of these paints.

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    The workshop will cover sourcing paints and ingredients, preparing surfaces (including surfaces that have already been painted) and mixing paints and pigments. You will have the opportunity to apply numerous paints to different surfaces and learn the techniques for working with natural paints.

    After this workshop, you will be able to redecorate your existing home or plan the finishes for a new home using only natural, healthy paints.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird – $125
    Regular – $150
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • Peterborough

    Renewable Energy Workshop

    Installing solar panels renewable energy workshop


    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Saturday, October 8, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    Note: This workshop is being offered twice in 2015. Be sure to register for the correct date.

    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 workshopAs part of the workshop, participants will be involved in the hands-on assembly of a small off-grid system to help become familiar with all the components and how they work.

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

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird $125
    Regular $150
    Includes healthy lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

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    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 23 Oct 2016
    • Peterborough

    Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plasters


    October 22-23, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    Instructors: Jen Feigin & Chris Magwood

    Workshop Description

    You can make your own natural finish plasters to bring the beauty and benefits of natural building to any home, whether renovating a single room or building a new home..

    These homemade clay and lime plasters can be applied on any typical wall surface, including drywall (painted or new) and plasters or masonry of all kinds. The plasters are made from easily obtainable, affordable natural materials and can be mixed and applied at home in a vast range of colours and textures.

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    Natural clay or lime plasters add a dimension to a room unobtainable with any other finish. In addition to their inherent beauty, they are non-toxic and can help regulate humidity in a room. They are durable and repairable and the best way to make your home a more natural, warmer and healthier place.

    In this workshop, you will learn how to source the required materials, prepare wall surfaces for plastering, mix and tint plasters and apply to wall surfaces. During the workshop, you will create a series of sample boards in the colours of your choice to take home to help make plaster choices for your own home/project.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to beginners and experienced plasterers

    Fee
    Early Bird- $295
    Regular – $350
    Fee includes healthy lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    • 29 Oct 2016
    • Peterborough

    Hempcrete Workshop


    Saturday, April 9, 2016

    Saturday, October 29, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

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

    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.

    After this workshop, you will be able to undertake a hempcrete project of your own!

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird – $125
    Regular – $150
    Includes healthy lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 30 Oct 2016
    • Peterborough

    Light Clay/Straw Workshop


    Sunday, April 10, 2016

    Sunday, October 30, 2016
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

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

    Instructor: Chris Magwood

    Workshop Description:

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

    Light clay/straw (or slip straw or straw/clay) construction uses straw mixed with clay slip to create an insulation material with good thermal, moisture-handling and structural properties.

    In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of straw/clay, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international straw/clay building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where straw/clay is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, sourcing and building science of using straw/clay 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 straw/clay, and learn how to place them in a wall system. Different types of framing and shuttering (or forming) systems will be shown, and every participant will leave with a straw/clay block they cast themselves.

    After this workshop, you will be able to undertake a straw/clay project of your own!

    Entry Requirement
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early bird – $125
    Regular – $150
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 06 Nov 2016
    • Peterborough

    Design Your Own Sustainable Home


    November 5-6, 2016
    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.

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    Making Better Buildings by Chris Magwood

    This course was the inspiration for Chris Magwood’s new book, Making Better Buildings. The book will be available at the workshop.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early bird – $350
    Regular – $400
    $600- Couple rate
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

    • 12 Nov 2016
    • 13 Nov 2016
    • Peterborough

    Net Zero Energy Certification Course


    Canada's Greenest Home

    June 18-19, 2016

    November 12-13, 2016
    9 am – 5 pm, both days
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

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

    Instructor: Ross Elliott

    Workshop Description:

    Developed in alignment with Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s incoming national Net Zero Certification program, this workshop is the first of its kind to deliver value and market advantage to builders interested in the next generation of programs. This workshop also satisfies R-2000 Builder Training requirements.

    This information-packed workshop will provide you with:

    • A market advantage by being among the first in Canada to receive Net Zero Training
    • Unparalleled building science technical preparation for building Net Zero and Net Zero Ready homes based on the incoming CHBA Net Zero protocol
    • The ability to efficiently design and plan for the incoming Net Zero certification requirements
    • Practical understanding of how to build homes to Net Zero standards using cost-effective technologies which are already available
    • Training and support to successfully market and sell a Net Zero home by one of Canada’s most seasoned experts
    • Entry to a community of builders who will be receiving ongoing, practical information on the development of the program, including support from EnerQuality’s administrative and Quality Assurance team
    • Net Zero R-2000 Training Manual for use during the workshop and for future reference
    • A complimentary home enrolment, for either Net Zero or R-2000* from Canada’s #1 certifier of energy efficient homes
    • Recognition as an R-2000 Trained builder and/or maintain your access status
    • Certificate Recognition of your training and expertise

    Topics Include

    • Standard Building Science Principles
    • Air Barrier Systems
    • Windows
    • Foundations
    • Advanced Construction
    • Air-Sealing Techniques
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Marketing
    • R-2000 Quality Assurance Process Overview
    • Part of the Builder’s R-2000 licensing requirements
    • The first step on the road to becoming an R-2000 trained and Net Zero qualified builder

    Entry Requirement
    Open to all

    Fee

    Early bird – $745
    Regular – $795
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    • 18 Nov 2016
    • 20 Nov 2016
    • Peterborough

    Straw Bale Building Workshop


    straw bale workshop

    November 18 to 20, 2016
    Friday 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am to 4.30pm
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

    Workshop Instructors:
    Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin

    Straw bale building continues to be one of the key sustainable building technologies, where high environmental performance meets code-ready and accessible technology. Straw bales can create beautiful, energy-efficient homes that are light on the environment.

    This two-day workshop (plus Friday evening slideshow) is taught by two leading practitioners of straw bale building in Ontario, and is aimed at giving participants a practical and up-to-date introduction to building with straw bales.

    Over the three days, participants will learn about straw and how to find and select bales; different ways of using straw bales and incorporating them into different framing systems; how to properly detail a straw bale wall to be air tight and energy efficient; plaster preparation; plaster recipes for various types of plaster, and; hands-on plastering.

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    For anybody interested in building a straw bale home, this workshop is the ideal place to start the hands-on and theoretical learning process!

    Chris Magwood is the author of More Straw Bale Building, one of the most trusted resources for straw bale construction.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early bird – $400
    Regular – $450
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 15

    • 26 Nov 2016
    • 27 Nov 2016
    • Peterborough

    Carpentry For Women



    women's carpentry workshop at Endeavour Centre

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

    February 27-28, 2016

    May 7-8, 2016

    Nov 26-27, 2016


    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.


    Entry Requirements
    Open to all women


    Fee
    Early Bird – $295 +  30$ material fee
    Regular – $350 + 30$ material fee
    Includes healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)
    Includes course materials. Each participant will bring home a set of folding sawhorses!

    Maximum class size: 10

    • 03 Dec 2016
    • 04 Dec 2016
    • Peterborough

    Rocket Mass Heater workshop


    June 11-12, 2016

    December 3-4, 2016
    9.30 am to 5 pm, both days
    Endeavour Centre, Peterborough

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

    Instructor: Andrew Brunning

    Workshop Description:

    Learn how to make your own high efficiency wood heating device for your own home!

    A Rocket Mass Heater (RMH) is a super-efficient wood-fired heating system composed of two parts: Part One is a rocket stove, consisting of a feed tube, burn tunnel and heat riser; Part Two is the mass chimney, through which hot exhaust gases from the rocket stove are ducted into a thermal heat storage made of masonry materials like cob, stone, urbanite or brick.  All of the heat that goes up the chimney with a conventional wood stove is saved and stored in a Rocket Mass Heater.  The heated up Mass can radiate heat for up to 48hrs or longer after the fire is out. A RMH can also incorporate a cooking surface and an oven, and can be finished to become a beautiful centrepiece in a home.

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    Unlike open tube rocket stoves, a RMH can have a sealed combustion chamber and allow users to stoke a firebox with a long burn time. This make a RMH much more appropriate for heating homes and other spaces where open combustion is not desirable.

    In this workshop, you will learn about the design parameters for making a RMH, and will assist in the full construction of a functional heater, from creating an insulated base to laying out the chimney, from assembling the fire brick core to putting on a decorative finish.

    The workshop will pay particular attention to appropriate design, sourcing of materials and the use of recycled and natural building materials in the creation of a RMH.

    Instructor Andrew Brunning is the proprietor of rocketmassheater.ca.

    Entry Requirements
    Open to all

    Fee
    Early Bird -$295
    Regular – $350
    Fees include healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)

    Maximum class size: 12

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14 May 2016 Build Your Own Adobe Bread & Pizza Oven
07 May 2016 Carpentry For Women
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
02 Apr 2016 Ontario Natural Building Conference & AGM 2016
26 Mar 2016 Earth Floors 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-
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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
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09 Nov 2013 Straw Bale Building Workshop
13 Sep 2013 Earth Plaster Finishes
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29 Jun 2013 Hypar Lightweight Roofing Workshop
15 Jun 2013 Fifth Wind Farm Party
27 May 2013 A Straw Bale workshop with Tom Rijven
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24 Mar 2013 Home Energetic Balancing - 1 DAY WORKSHOP
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10 Mar 2013 Natural Building House Design - 1 DAY WORKSHOP
23 Feb 2013 How to Create your Organic Dream Home - 2 DAY WORKSHOP
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27 Apr 2012 Sustainable Building with WOOD, Part 2
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10 Mar 2012 Building Code - Small Buildings
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