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

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Rd, Lakefield ON

     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 2017 - "Building Natural Resilience: In our Houses and our Lives"

    We invite you to join us for two days of Natural Building presentations and learning on April 1 and 2, 2017, 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 2, 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   “In it for Life: Personal and Community Resilience” - Sally Ludwig, Transition Towns Guelph

    As citizens of Earth who care deeply about our world and our work, these difficult times mean that caring for our communities and ourselves is more essential than ever. We will explore some ways to stay inspired, work effectively, and support each other. Principles from Permaculture and the Transition Movement can provide antidotes to feeling daunted, and practice for finding our way forward on the long road to a life-sustaining society.

     


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

    a. "Air tightness tricks of the trade" with Craig Toohey, 475 High Performance Building Supply.

    b. Intentional Community Living, with Sally Ludwig, David Craig and Kristi Mahy A discussion about establishing and living in intentional community. Presenters will share their various experiences and facilitate a group Q&A and discussion.

    c. "Hempcrete How-to" with Benoit Chartrand. A review of recent residential construction using hempcrete as infill in a stud frame house.


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

    a. Carbon accounting and the OBC, current and near future trends”, with Chris Magwood

    b. "Philosophy and Action of Green Building in a Waterloo Neighbourhood" with Will Winterfeld

    c. "Air tightness tricks of the trade" with Craig Toohey, 475 High Performance Building Supply.

    Break

    3:30 PM - “Seeking Mino-Bimaadizwin: Living the Good Life”, with Nicole Bell, Trent University

    Nicole will present the Anishinaabe cultural concept of mino-bimaadiziwin (Living the Good Life) from teachings received from Elders and traditional teachers.  She will apply the teachings of mino-bimaadiziwin in relation to the self, and the environment.


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


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

    "5x5" 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 - "Education, Resource Conservation and Community Building", - Emily Neihaus, Community Rebuilds

                Emily will inspire us with stories and ideas from her work building healthy and affordable new homes while training students and bringing community members together.

                1:15 PM - 2:45 Break Out Sessions


                a. Discussion with Emily Neihaus

                b. Attendee Selected Session


                2:45 PM - Fun-Raising Raffle Draw

                3:30 PM - Closing Remarks

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


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

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

                Non-members can obtain member pricing, by becoming a new member (starts at $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


                OUR CONFERENCE SPONSORS:


                 www.zonengineering.com


                Architects-InteriorDesigners.com



                                                www.livingsol.com


                www.livingrooms.ws


                www.homesolbuildingsolutions.com


                www.straworks.ca


                http://endeavourcentre.org

              Past events

              03 Dec 2016 Rocket Mass Heater workshop
              26 Nov 2016 Carpentry For Women
              18 Nov 2016 Straw Bale Building Workshop
              12 Nov 2016 Net Zero Energy Certification Course
              05 Nov 2016 Design Your Own Sustainable Home
              30 Oct 2016 Light Clay/Straw Workshop
              29 Oct 2016 Hempcrete Workshop
              22 Oct 2016 Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plasters
              08 Oct 2016 Renewable Energy Workshop
              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
              19 Sep 2016 Building Code Course– Legal Process 2012
              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
              01 Jul 2016 Plastering Systems for Straw Bale Construction
              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
              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
              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-
              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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