bentley on the patio

About Us

Bentley on patio

Tony (my husband) and I (Susan) are passionate about sustainability. Together we have four children, and Bentley our standard poodle. With our children grown and no longer living at home we are looking forward to the next phase of our lives… Retirement with Grandchildren!

On October 31st 2017 Susan retired from her post-secondary career with Capilano Univeristy and began full time work on the project.  Her career at CapU focused on facilities management, sustainability, energy management and community engagement.  These knowledge, skills and abilities will be put to good use at theDoighouse Farm and Learning Centre.

In Jan 2018 Tony successfully passed the BC Owner/Builder exam.  One of the (many) final steps to getting a building permit in place for our build.

Tony retired May 2018; all the researching and learning to build an off/on grid home on Vancouver Island we’ve been doing since 2007 will culminate in the building of our Earthship.

We vision our home to be special and unique in a variety of ways, including:

  • Rammed earth construction
  • Recycled materials
  • Water conservation
  • Passive solar power design
  • Greenhouse

I am excited to watch this project unfold as we take our existing knowledge of ‘standard, commercial’ buildings and blend it with Michael Reynold’s Earthship building practices.

2 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Hey guys!

    I’m Mat, from Montreal, and I just saw your project on for a earthship inspired home this summer.

    I am wondering how this volunteer aplication works, I would possibly be interested in giving a helping hand! I have been involved in a earthship workshop in New Zealand a year ago, and I have a college diploma in architecture, with nearly 3 years of experience working in the field.

    I am thinking of doing my way to the great West this spring, and looking for builds I can assist!
    I have been also looking at some education programs at O.U.R. ecovillage, on Vancouver island… in the begining of may, but would also be keen to volunteer and help build a off-grid home!

    Shoot me a message on more information, if there are any spots left 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Mat Boisvert

    1. Hi Matt
      Great to hear from you.

      We are taking applications for the month of July – our focus will be the foundation and tire walls. Do you have a resume/cv that you would send? If you are interested in helping prepare the land for the build, we may be able to accommodate that in June. We have an onsite sawmill – we are milling the logs for the framing of the earthship south wall.


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