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

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Peterborough

    At our Essential Hempcrete workshop you will learn how you can create a remarkable home insulation material from the hemp plant!

     

    This workshop is based on the new book, Essential Hempcrete Construction, written by course instructor Chris Magwood.

     

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    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, fire-resistance, non-toxic and structural properties. Hempcrete is also a carbon sequestering material.

     

    In the Essential Hempcrete workshop, you will find out how hempcrete is made, 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, material 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, you will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a hempcrete mix that is appropriate for wall, floor and roof installations.  You will learn how to work safely with the materials and equipment used for hempcrete production. Every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves!

     

    Our Essential Hempcrete workshop is the primer you need to start making and installing your own hempcrete insulation!

     

    For more info Please visit- http://endeavourcentre.org/
    • 28 Sep 2019
    • (EDT)
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • (EDT)
    • he The Deanery Project, 751 West Ship Harbour Rd., Lower Ship, Harbour, NS, B0J 1Y0

    Link: http://thedeaneryproject.com/natural-building-east/


    Brief: Natural Building EAST is a gathering to explore natural
    building and permaculture approaches for climate resilience and how we
    can collectively reduce our carbon footprint.
    The event offers skill and knowledge-sharing opportunities for:
     Builders, designers and developers;
     Materials suppliers and systems installers;
     Researchers, students and home owners;
     Anyone interested in learning about natural building techniques,
    practices and materials.
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • Numerous locations across Ontario
    Register

    The 2019 Ontario Natural Building Tour is a self-guided tour of natural homes and buildings across Ontario. Homes included on our map of homes are open to the public on Sunday Sept 29, 2019 from 10am-4pm. 


    This is your ticket for the day and can be used to visit as many homes as you like. Please print this email and show it to the homeowners of the homes you wish to visit. 



    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Peterborough

    Renewable Energy Workshop

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    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

    For More info please visit:

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


    Maximum class size: 12

    Installing solar panels renewable energy workshop


    For more info please visit- http://endeavourcentre.org/

    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Peterborough

    Natural Plaster Workshop: Base Coat to Finish


    Instructors: Deirdre McGahern & Sean Saunders


    Location- 10 minutes north of Peterborough. 


    All hands-on learning will be taught on a straw bale wall system.


    Clay and lime plasters are beautiful, non-toxic, good for the planet and lots of fun to mix and apply!

    Our Natural Plaster Workshop takes you from base coat to Finish coat.


    Day 1- Base coat and plaster science basics.

    Base coat plaster is a thick, straw-rich layer that can be applied by hand or by trowel. On day one you will gain experience applying a clay-lime plaster base coat and learn how to apply by trowel or by hand.  You will learn how to build up a thick base coat to achieve 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.


    Day 2- Finish coat

    Finish coat plasters are thin, can be pigmented with rich colours and textured in countless ways.  On day 2 you will learn how to apply a simple lime plaster finishcoat.

    In the Natural Plaster Workshop we will cover site clay, 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.

    The hands-on format offers you lots of opportunity to practice and gain valuable application skills.


    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 20 Oct 2019
    • Peterborough

    Carpentry For Women


    women's carpentry workshop at Endeavour Centre


    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
    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Peterborough

    Design Your Own Sustainable Home



    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


Past events

06 Aug 2019 1-Month Natural Building Intensive
29 Jul 2019 4- Day Straw Bale Construction Workshop
29 Jul 2019 Hempcrete 4- Day Workshop
01 Jun 2019 Design Your Own Sustainable Home
25 May 2019 Hempcrete Workshop
13 Apr 2019 Carpentry For Women
08 Apr 2019 Sustainable Building 4-month Program
06 Apr 2019 Ontario Natural Building Conference & AGM 2019
02 Mar 2019 Introduction To Renewable Energy Workshop
09 Feb 2019 Carpentry For Women
02 Feb 2019 Design Your Own Sustainable Home
20 Oct 2018 Prefab Straw Bale Construction Workshop
20 Oct 2018 Construction Skills for Women
30 Sep 2018 Ontario Natural Homes Tour - Sun. Sept 30, 2018
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
28 May 2018 Building Code Course– Legal Process 2012
07 May 2018 5 Month Sustainable Renovation Program
07 Apr 2018 Ontario Natural Building Conference & AGM 2018
24 Mar 2018 Intro to Sketch-Up
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
24 Apr 2016 Compressed Earth Block Workshop
10 Apr 2016 Light Clay/Straw 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
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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