Category Archives: Sustainability

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 #2 ‘Exploring Natural Building’

Our monthly fireside@theDoighouse sessions 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.

November 28, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Topic: Exploring Natural Building

Welcome: Chief Michael Recalma
Guest speaker: Russ Hannay, Errington Green Homes
Guest speaker: Mark Fleischhaker, Metaphystations.ca
Hosts: Susan & Tony Doig, theDoighouse.com

Natural Building, recycled materials, using (non)-traditional and recycled building materials are all ways to reduce the energy footprint in our homes.  From site placement, solar gain, rainwater collection are some of the considerations when building a natural structure.

Earthships are recycling on steroids!  Recycled patio windows, car tires, pop and beer cans, glass bottles.

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Glass Bottle Wall detail

Firesides@theDoighouse include speakers evenings, films nights, presentations and discussion panels.

Other topics will include:

  • What is permaculture?
  • Protecting our aquifer
  • Recycling building materials
  • Natural building  (cobb, rammed earth, strawbale, hempcrete)
  • Energy Conservation
  • Solar Passive Design
  • Solar collection systems
  • Food Security

Please email susanmdoig@gmail.com with any suggestions of topics and speakers you would like to hear.  The 2019 series is currently being developed and we’d love to include your suggestions.

 

fireside@theDoighouse ‘Sustainability in the RDN’

Please join us…

Our new firesides are set to start on October 17, 2018 starting at 3:00pm and ending ‘around’ 6:00pm.  These monthly sessions 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.

October 17, 2018
3:00-6:00pm
Topic: Sustainability in the Regional District of Nanaimo
Guest speaker: Bill Veenhof, Director Area H & Chair of the RDN

Climate change is a reality… we see it daily in the increasing intensity of weather events.  What we each do, on a daily basis, makes a difference.  Sometimes it can feel like ‘you’re the only one, or is it really making a difference these small actions I am taking?’.  Getting together and sharing is one way to stay connected and affirm that  it is our own personal actions that will ultimately change the world we live in.

Firesides@theDoighouse will include speakers evenings, films nights, presentations and discussion panels.

Other topics will include:

  • What is permaculture?
  • Protecting our aquifer
  • Recycling building materials (Earthships are recycling on Steroids)
  • Natural building  (cobb, rammed earth, strawbale, hempcrete)
  • Energy Conservation

Please email susanmdoig@gmail.com with any suggestions of topics and speakers you would like to hear.