23 – 29 July 2009 ~ O.U.R.Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada

Building as if People Mattered, 23-27 July 2009, Canada

Building as if People Mattered

House building has developed from traditional, vernacular, handmade to industrialized, mechanical and highly specialized. The natural building movement brings back to our awareness what we have given up in that process: the personal investment in building one’s home, the expectation of a building that is to scale with human need rather than want, the respect for people and place.

Join us for a weekend of discussion, demonstrations and connection and explore together what is possible. We invite you to send proposals for presentations. Bring digital images of your recent work and we’ll create an evening of showcasing our work.
Presenters and facilitators: (openings still available):

  • Meror Krayenhoff, SIRE Wall, Salt Spring Island
  • Mark Lakeman, Communitecture, Portland
  • Elke Cole, Houses that love you back, Vancouver Island
  • Brandy Gallagher, O.U.R.ECOVILLAGE, Shawnigan Lake
  • Pat Hennebery, Cobworks, Mayne Island
  • Gord Baird, Eco-sense, Victoria
  • William McKay, Yoga, Cowichan Station

Complete your visit by participating in our field trips:

Field trip #1 : Mayne Island cob houses

Monday July 27

Cobworks is celebrating 10 years of work in Natural Building. Visit a number of their projects and hear the story of the development of not only this group but natural building in general. Meet builders and home owners and let yourself be inspired!

Field trip # 2: Focus on alternative Systems: A visit at the Eco-Sense project and tour of Dockside Green, Victoria

Tuesday July 28

Ann and Gord Baird’s high profile cob family home loaded with alternative systems and innovative solutions. See also www.eco-sense.ca.

Continue on to downtown Victoria to visit Canada’s most celebrated green residential development Dockside Green

Field trip # 3: Salt Spring Island

Wednesday July 29

Natural Homes on SaltSpring Island: includes Paul & Becky’s cob hybrid home and others

Registration and costs

Fur further details and to register online visit the nbn homepage.

Full package: Conference (23-26 July) and 3 field-trips (27, 28, 29 July): $400.00
Days and field trips can also be booked individually.


baipm [at] nbnetwork.org

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