Friday, September 18, 2009

Laying final cob floor this week


Peter and I will be experimenting with laying the final coat on our cob floor this week. We will be using the formula and process provided to us by our climate change eco-building heroes, Ann and Gord Baird

If you'd like to come-by and watch our muddlings or help out, please do, anytime. 601 River Place, off Spruce.


Small Cob Hybrid Home

Hello, thanks for setting this I have it bookmarked it'll be easier to use.

My name is Linda George. Peter and I building a small cob hybrid home.

I have been deeply engrossed in environmental education issues for about 25 years: as an active volunteer with BCTF's environmental educators; and The Boundary Bay Conservation Committee, Delta. In my work life as BC Hydro Public Education Coordinator and later working in BCIT's School of Construction and Environment Dept, I became really interested in appropriate housing to address future climate disruptions. I obtained LEED accreditation. Although LEED is an effective instrument for changing western world construction practices, progress is slow. Change within institutions is risk wary and time consuming. Peter and I decided to take early retirement (eek risky) and try building our own energy efficient affordable home and dry food garden - an exciting lifetime opportunity.

Our home is located at 601 River Place (off Spruce Ave) on Gabriola Island. We are hoping to move in before first snowfall 2009. Visitors are is quiet up on the hill...we enjoy meeting fellow future-housing/food researchers.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

hi all,

...Glad to see this starting. I'll be doing a lot more listening and learning than contributing.

I'm hoping to get started on a small workshop / studio space...tentatively thinking of a beach wood post frame with perhaps cob/cordwood infill walls, but I need to find out a lot more before I get started. Any materials not immediately on the site have to be hauled in by hand, so that becomes a major consideration....


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hi Robbie and Sheila

Thanks for doing this. What a fabulous idea!

My background is primarily drafting and design, with a more recent (last 4 years) dedication to the alternative building movement. I've done design work in cob, strawbale, rammed earth, and light clay straw, all code approved. In my "previous life" I did municipal design and structural steel detailing.

It was wonderful to meet you all on Saturday and I look forward to our "chats". I'd be happy to pass along any insights gleaned along the way.