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2014 Workshop Schedule

Our 2014 workshop schedule is now posted! Design your own sustainable home, Carpentry for women, Straw bale building, Tadelakt plaster for... Read More...

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The Art and Science of Natural Plaster

As an author and a teacher, I have long realized that the art of natural plastering is something that has to be taught using more than words. Sight... Read More...

Making Better Buildings book by Chris Magwood

Making Better Buildings book now available

In my 10 years as a sustainable building teacher and nearly 20 years as a designer/builder, I have had the opportunity to work with a very wide range... Read More...

Embodied energy of building materials

Embodied Energy – Is It Important?

In my most recent book, Making Better Buildings, one of my objectives was to quantify the “embodied energy” of a wide range of building... Read More...

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2014 Workshop Schedule

Our 2014 workshop schedule is now posted! Design your own sustainable home, Carpentry for women, Straw bale building, Tadelakt plaster for beginners, Fundamentals of building science, Timber framing, Earthen plastering, Brick and ... Continue Reading →

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Natural Finishes for Canada’s Greenest Home

One of the goals of the Canada’s Greenest Home project is to show that a very green home can be built by any contractor with ... Continue Reading →

Plastering for Straw Bale Construction

TBA – July 2014, 2-day workshop Instructors: Chris Magwood & Jen Feigin Straw bale walls are unlike any other wall type when it comes to ... Continue Reading →

Using an Induction Range

When it came to choosing a cooking appliance for Canada’s Greenest Home, we were faced with a conflict in approach. Most homes that aim for ... Continue Reading →

Adobe Oven Building

TBA – 2 day workshop Instructor: TBA Adobe ovens make incomparable food! Easy to build from natural and local materials, these ovens are a great ... Continue Reading →