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
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.
We started the summer with passion, some really great volunteers, a cleared building site, a desire to build and no building permit.
A bit of a pickle really.
We decided to move ahead and work to the first building inspection (foundations). A bit of a gamble as we are using tires as our foundation – but we felt confident in the work by our structural engineer, Mark Fleischhaker and our architect, Keith Tetlow and the unofficial feedback from the Regional District of Nanaimo that we decided to take the risk and just start.
First… getting the plans finalized and submitted to the RDN …and then waiting for approval, answering questions and following up with information.
The RDN have been great to work with, a reflection of the quality of work and attention to detail by Mark, Keith and Daniel.
So..first things first.. if you want to host volunteers, you need some stuff.
The Bear Paw Cafe. Just saying it got it’s name from a couple of visitors (the black furry kind)… but that’s a story for another day.
Similar to the concept of ‘barn raising’ an Earthship build is typically a group of volunteers working together to build community; learning new skills; making new friends; and raising a new building.
This summer we will be hosting theDoighouse build. We are anticipating a global experience with volunteers from around the world and are currently accepting applications from people interested in working and learning together with us. Tire pounding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, cement mixing/pouring, food prep and meal service are just some of the opportunities.
theDoighouse is committed to a safe build; all volunteers will be covered by WorkSafe BC.
Our goal this summer is to build 5 small storage sheds. Nigel and Horizon have been helping. Together we’ve poured the 5 cement slabs, used the sawmill to cut the logs into the size of boards required, and then used the boards to build the sheds.
Last weekend I spent the day prepping and painting the fascia boards; getting them ready for hammering into place. Guess I should have worn gloves! LOL