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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
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Tadelakt plastering workshop
February 13-14
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Tadelakt plastering is the only way to bring natural plasters into wet areas like shower stalls, bathtubs, kitchen backsplashes, and even to make sinks and tubs! This workshop will show you how to mix, apply and finish a tadelakt plaster in a real-world setting. You'll learn everything you need to know to do your own tadelakt work at home.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Natural Plasters & paints Workshop
February 20
Eugene, Oregon

In this informative, hands-on course you will learn how to source and prepare simple ingredients to make many beautiful finishes. These techniques can be applied to a variety of surfaces including earthen buildings, cement, wood, even drywall and latex paint! Homeowners, interior decorators and artists enjoy being able to successfully make apply these healthy finishes to interior and exterior walls.

See www.firespeaking.com for more information.

Greening Your Kitchen & Bathroom
March 1
Peterborough, Canada

Are you looking to renovate your home in a greener, healthier way? There is so much conflicting information out there it can be hard to know what to do. This series of evening presentations gives you a chance to learn about a wide range of options from an unbiased source – long-time sustainable builder Chris Magwood. As the author of the book Making Better Buildings, Chris has made a name for himself for giving good, well-researched and honest advice to home owners about how to make the right green choices to meet their own unique goals.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency
March 8
Peterborough, Canada

Are you looking to renovate your home in a greener, healthier way? There is so much conflicting information out there it can be hard to know what to do. This series of evening presentations gives you a chance to learn about a wide range of options from an unbiased source – long-time sustainable builder Chris Magwood. As the author of the book Making Better Buildings, Chris has made a name for himself for giving good, well-researched and honest advice to home owners about how to make the right green choices to meet their own unique goals.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Natural Plasters & paints Workshop
March 12 - 13
Eugene, Oregon

In this informative, hands-on course you will learn how to source and prepare simple ingredients to make many beautiful finishes. These techniques can be applied to a variety of surfaces including earthen buildings, cement, wood, even drywall and latex paint! Homeowners, interior decorators and artists enjoy being able to successfully make apply these healthy finishes to interior and exterior walls.

See www.firespeaking.com for more information.

Choosing Healthy Paints, Finishes & Flooring
March 15
Peterborough, Canada

Are you looking to renovate your home in a greener, healthier way? There is so much conflicting information out there it can be hard to know what to do. This series of evening presentations gives you a chance to learn about a wide range of options from an unbiased source – long-time sustainable builder Chris Magwood. As the author of the book Making Better Buildings, Chris has made a name for himself for giving good, well-researched and honest advice to home owners about how to make the right green choices to meet their own unique goals.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Designing Your Own Sustainable Home
March 19 - 20
Ottawa, Canada

Do you dream of designing and building a sustainable home so you can live lightly (and affordably!) on the planet? Or of renovating your existing home to be more natural and energy efficient? If so, you’re not alone! However, many questions face the prospective owner-builder setting out on this journey. To design yourself or hire a designer? 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?To build yourself, or hire builders for different phases? 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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Earth Floors Workshop
March 26 - 27
Peterborough, Canada

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 a full floor, 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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Natural Plasters and Finishes
The Craft of Lime and Clay

April 4-8
Cottage Grove, Oregon

There was a time before drywall and latex paint when the owner/builder transformed vernacular materials, whether limestone or clay, into beautiful interior and exterior walls.  Come relearn the timeless craft of lime and clay plasters and paints.

See www.aprovecho.net for more information.

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building
April 4-10
Maricopa, CA

Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures.

The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials. In this cob workshop, we focus on the characteristics of the natural materials most commonly used in construction: clay soil, sand, and fibers. Our main focus will be cob, though we will touch on various other building techniques that utilize the same materials, including adobe block, light straw-clay, wattle and daub, and plasters. We will discuss how to find and choose appropriate soil for construction, how to create various mixes, how to attach wood to earthen walls, and how to use earthen materials to build walls, sculpt niches, shelves, and furniture.

This course is primarily a hands on course, where we learn by doing. We will be building a small structure from start to finish. As a complement to the hands-on portion of the course, we will include slide shows and discussions of the theoretical aspects of natural building. Subjects include building design and siting, passive solar design, foundations and drainage, earthen floors, appropriate roof design, and wiring and plumbing for natural structures.

See http://www.quailsprings.org/programs/program-calendar/ for more information.

Hempcrete Workshop
April 9
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Light Clay/Straw Workshop
April 10
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Hemp Building Course
April 19 - 21
Kenmare, Ireland

Steve Allin's three day course includes theory and practice to give participants an opportunity to understand how the material works and the economics of the process of installation. Students get a chance to get hands-on experience with frame building, hempcrete installation, shuttering design and hemp plastering. Participants are presented with a Certificate of competence on completion of the course.

See www.hempbuilding.com for more information.

Compressed Earth Block Workshop
April 24
Cold Springs, ON, Canada

Learn how to work with locally-made, low-impact, durable compressed earth blocks (CEB, or rammed earth blocks) for foundations, exterior walls and interior walls. CEB building is a low-tech building solution using basic materials and simple tools. Drawing on the age-old technique of rammed earth building, CEB uses a hydraulic press to create unfired earthen blocks. CEB construction can often use site soils as the basis for the rammed earth mix, or local gravel, sand, clay (or other binders) can be used.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Sustainable New Construction
April 25 - October 14
The Endeavour Centre
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Endeavour’s 2016 Sustainable New Construction program is a full time immersion program, with participants taking part in the complete construction cycle of a high-performance building using natural and low-carbon building materials. Our 2016 project is an affordable elder-care home, featuring side-by-side units for a family and for aging parents/grandparents. This project will feature:
  • Passive House standards for energy efficiency * Jumbo straw bale wall construction * Compressed earth block foundation and walls * High performance HVAC systems * Grid-tied photovoltaic array * Earthen floors and plasters * Local wood products * All natural finishes… and much, much more!
If you would like to apply, please email an application to registration at endeavourcentre dot org, with a resume outlining your educational and work experience to date, and a cover letter explaining why you’d be an ideal candidate for this program by December 31, 2015.

See endeavourcentre.org/programs/new-construction for more information.

Home Heat: Rocket Mass Heaters, Ovens and More
April 25-29
Cottage Grove, Oregon

The hearth is the heart of the home.  When you burn wood in the colder months, you are releasing the heat and light that trees have captured and stored during the warmer months.  Learning to build heaters and stoves that burn wood cleanly and maximize the heat captured inside the home is our goal.

See www.aprovecho.net for more information.

Renewable Energy Workshop
April 30
Peterborough, Canada

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 mor

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Natural Plasters & paints Workshop
May 7
Eugene, Oregon

In this informative, hands-on course you will learn how to source and prepare simple ingredients to make many beautiful finishes. These techniques can be applied to a variety of surfaces including earthen buildings, cement, wood, even drywall and latex paint! Homeowners, interior decorators and artists enjoy being able to successfully make apply these healthy finishes to interior and exterior walls.

See www.firespeaking.com for more information.

Fundamentals of Building Science
May 27 - 29
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Rocket Mass Heater Workshop
June 11 - 12
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Everything Earthen
June 25 - July 1
Portland, Oregon

Experience Cob and so much more. This is an in-depth summary of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into beautiful housing and art. You'll learn how to create walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip clay, straw bales, and more. Learn to mix and apply plasters of cob/adobe, cement, and lime. Also discover mixing and application of earthen paints and lime paints. Hands-on instruction, lectures and slides.

see www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Cob Dome Construction
weekends August 6 - 28
Portland, Oregon

Math meets mud in this new course. Monolithic earthen domes have been a common form of shelter around the world for eons. They can make great root cellars or garden sheds, and can easily endure the elements with a roof. Learn to construct a small catenary dome over four weekend classes. Attend some or all weekends, but we recommend all. It's going to be technical and fun!

see www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Tadelakt plastering workshop
August 27 - 28
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Tadelakt plastering is the only way to bring natural plasters into wet areas like shower stalls, bathtubs, kitchen backsplashes, and even to make sinks and tubs! This workshop will show you how to mix, apply and finish a tadelakt plaster in a real-world setting. You'll learn everything you need to know to do your own tadelakt work at home.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Eco-Paints:
Understanding and Using Healthy House Paint

Sept. 24
Peterborough, ON, Canada

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

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Renewable Energy Workshop
October 8
Peterborough, Canada

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 mor

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plasters
October 22 - 23
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Hempcrete Workshop
October 29
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Light Clay/Straw Workshop
October 30
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Design Your Own Sustainable Home
November 5 - 6
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Straw Bale Building Workshop
November 18 - 20
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Rocket Mass Heater Workshop
December 3 - 4
Peterborough, Canada

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

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