Installation: Drainage & Vapour Barrier

We’re finally getting around to sorting through paperwork from the 2018 summer build season. I thought it might be interesting to share photos of the installation of the vapour barrier and drainage system.

I know is some areas water (and therefore drainage) is not as much of an issue as it is for theDoighouse. We are located in a Coastal Rainforest with annual average rainfall of 872.11 mm in 2018.

The township of Bowser is the closest weather reporting. Here’s a glimpse at our average rainfall pattern. NOTE: this does not include annual snowfall.

Average Rainfall in Bowser

In many earthship build locations water is not as much of an issue as it is for theDoighouse. Along with the rainfall, our water table is quite high.

What you see here is the methodology we need to follow in order to meet the building code requirements for the Regional District of Nanaimo, BC. It may be different in your location.

Vapour Barrier Methodology

The tires were placed on compacted undisturbed soil following the layout of the string lines outlined in inspection #1 – Base Prep. A thorough check was made against the drawings. Section by section we moved the tires and placed 10mil Poly vapour barrier under before replacing the tires.

We assured that a 12 inch overlap could be maintained on all overlap joints For each overlap we placed a double row of acoustical sealant as specified on the drawings. We ensured that this double row closed the route of all ingress of moisture into the conditioned space. The pictures show both the pattern of sealant and the 12 overlap allowance. The overlap will be maintained as it follows the exterior of the tire wall both with sealant and approved tape.

Drainage Methodology

The methodology was to locate 4″ perforated drainpipe adjacent to the lowest course of tires (considered the footings) and on top of the insulation board. The pipe was laid on filter cloth and drain rock forming a tube.

Standing cleanouts were installed at the furthest most point from the drain and midpoint along the rear wall.

The same methodology was repeated at the base of the vertical insulation 4 ft out from the tirewall. These two drains were connected at each end of the rear wall to continue around each end of the house (east at garage and west at greenhouse. the pipe was installed with a slope 15″ over the length of the run.

The following are a series of photos taken during the installation of both the drain at the base of the tire wall and at the base of the out-board insulation.  

Drainage completed and backfilled to course 6

Can’t wait for the snow to go so we can unwrap theDoighouse and get back to pounding tires.

If you’re looking for a chance to hang out and help, we are always looking for people interested in learning about Earthship building, community gardens, and food forests! Email susanmdoig@gmail.com if you want to know more.

Or join us for our monthly fireside@theDoighouse chat connecting professional builders, enthusiasts and individuals curious and/or passionate about natural building. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, we meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

NOTE: 6:00pm start time – come a little early, stay a little late!

In the News

We frequently have guests and visitors to theDoighouse and love spending time sharing our journey. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of articles featuring the work that’s been happening at theDoighouse over the past many months. We look forward to sharing the coming year’s highlights; including the day we celebrate the installation of the last of the approximately 1000 recycled car tires used in the construction of theDoighouse Earthship!

It’s been a pleasure to get to know Doug Harrison from the Lighthouse Country Living Newsletter (LCL). A copy is delivered to every household in the area on a monthly basis. The LCL is the new kid on the block; creating a space that is strictly news from Area H.

Linda Tenney has graciously shared space for our words in her long standing and wonderful EyesonBC magazine. The Eyes (as Tony and I call it) keeps us “in the know” about Parksville, Qualicum and Lighthouse country. We have been reading and enjoying it since the first copy we picked up while having a coffee at the Sandbar Cafe & Art Gallery.

Adam Kveton from Parksville Qualicum Beach News has written over 800 articles for the PBQ. We were thrilled to meet and chat with Adam on the build site. He really took time to look, listen and share his thoughts with us. His article was also noted in the PBQ year in review. Thanks again Adam! Come back anytime!

EyesonBC Magazine Jan 2019

Lighthouse Country Living Nov 2018

Parksville Qualicum Beach News Oct 2018

Lighthouse Country Living Oct 2018

EyesonBC Magazine Sep 2018

Lighthouse Country Living Sep 2018

fireside@theDoighouse #4 – ‘Earthships – MORE than recycling on steroids’

fireside@theDoighouse

Our monthly fireside@theDoighouse chats provide a space and place for professionals, enthusiasts, and the general public to come together and share thoughts and exchange ideas.The Permaculture ethics of Care of Earth, Care of People and Sharing of Abundance informs and guides our discussions.

Join us….

February 19th 2019
6:00-7:30 pm
Topic: Earthships – MORE than recycling on steroids
Location: Lighthouse Community Centre

Join us on for a presentation on Earthships, the brainchild of Michael Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture, in general and theDoighouse specifically on the modifications necessary to meet the BC Building Code, the National Energy Code, the BC Step Code.

Presentation by Tony & Susan Doig, theDoighouse, followed by Q&A with Keith Tatlow, Kilo Architecture and other members.

Volunteer Opportunity

We will also be continuing to work together to formalize this space for natural building.

We’re looking for people with great research, web content and web editing skills. If you’re interested in finding out more, or in helping to make this happen please email susanmdoig@gmail.com.

Things to do (besides work)

All work and no play is no way to spend your life. There are so many things to do on Vancouver island, the local islands and in our area. Except for our summer working bees, we take Saturday and Sunday off. So do our volunteers, so we can rest, recharge and have time to explore.

local sites

Free Spirit Spheres cool, quirky and truly unique spherical tree-houses offer an exquisite combination of back-to-nature experience with the trendy phenomenon of ‘glamping’.

Horne Lake Caves Park is a caving, adventure tourism, company for many ages and abilities located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Lighthouse Country Regional Trail Take a step away from the beach and walk, run or ride the north and south loops of the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail (LCRT) located in Bowser and Qualicum Bay. The level grade and connection to more trails in the surrounding Crown forest and Wilson Family Woodlot make it easy for everyone to get out and get active while enjoying the beauty of our rare Coastal Douglas-fir forest. NOTE: you’ll cross this trail when you are on the driveway to theDoighouse. You can wander the path everyday.

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Impressive waterfalls cascade down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forested setting bordered by steep mountain peaks at this park, one of the most beautiful parks on central Vancouver Island.

Milner Gardens and Woodlands Experience the magic of 28 hectares (70 acres) of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest.

Whiskey Creek Farm Their Bakery / Bistro is devoted to being a completely gluten free location, and 80-95% organic (wherever and whenever they can!). On the property you are welcome to wonder around to see: free-range and non-GMO raised chickens, lush organic gardens, and many rustic treasures! Tony and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here last summer.

O.U.R Ecovillage is a permaculture based intentional community and sustainable education demonstration site.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Majestic old growth trees, beautiful ocean sunsets and an inviting, wide sandy beach with campsites nestled amongst mature Douglas fir trees makes Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville one of the premier vacation destinations on Vancouver Island.

good eats in the bay

Here’s a few places to check out for food, live music and of course beer!

Crown & Anchor Roadhouse Pub A five minute walk from theDoighouse; live music, meat draws, karaoke, and jam sessions. Free WiFi available for diners.

Henry’s Kitchen chinese food. A short walk from theDoighouse. They have free WiFi available for diners.

Sandbar Cafe & Art Gallery lots of live local music, just a five minute walk from theDoighouse. Free WiFi available for diners.

West Coast Food House casual dining in the heart of Qualicum Bay. A five minute walk from theDoighouse.

fireside@theDoighouse #3 ‘the art & business of natural building’

fireside@theDoighouse

Our monthly fireside@theDoighouse chats provide a space and place for people in our community to come together and share thoughts and exchange ideas.

The Permaculture ethics of Care of Earth, Care of People and Sharing of Abundance will inform and guide our discussions.

January 15th 2019
6:30-8:00 pm
Topic: The art & business of natural building

Welcome: Chief Michael Recalma of the Qualicum Bay First Nations

Guests include:

Our 2019 fireside@theDoighouse started with a lively discussion about the art of natural building. Highlights included the beauty and creativity of natural homes.

We moved into a discussion on the business of natural building. How as natural builders we need to find ways to address issues of credibility and capacity within the industry. A key topic was the need to share our experiences and our networks; to work together to formalize this space for natural building. If you’re interested in finding out more, or in helping to make this happen please email susanmdoig@gmail.com

theDoighouse radically sustainable, 'Earthship' inspired, off grid home, food forest and Learning Centre on Vancouver Island, BC