Our Guide To Eco Structure Design and Construction
Growing Demand for Eco-Friendly Construction
rising energy prices and a growing demand for healthy homes and eco-friendly
construction, more and more people are coming around to building green
either from the start or as retrofit installations.
There are multiple benefits
to building green from health to efficiency to the environmental and social
benefits of eco construction methods. It takes a little more time to build
a sustainable home but it more than pays for itself in the long term benefits
of "doing it right".
This takes planning and research.
Earthwalk has been involved with Sustainable Construction for some time
and we have done a lot of critical analysis along the way which we share
in our workshops and on this web site. We have designed and facilitated
a wide variety of eco construction solutions and with the opening of our
Sustainable Living Center you can now benefit not only from our personal
experiences but the more varied and vast experience of our sustainable
Eco Construction Educational
From the beginning of Earthwalk
our concept was to offer architects, contractors and homeowners an option
to build and remodel in a new, smarter way. At Earthwalk we offer workshops
on Eco Construction so you can learn about the process of creating your
own eco home from planning and construction methods to green materials
, using passive and active solar systems as well as a multitude of infrastructure
efficiencies all attainable with a little preplanning and forethought.
Our instructors not only have a lot of personal experience to draw upon
but they are always looking for new and innovative approaches to sustainable
design from here in Canada and around the world. This year we went on
several courses and field trips including a trip to the Findhorn Eco Village
in Scotland where they have sustainable community workshops and the Midwest
Renewable Energy Fair in Wisconsin for their programs on green building.
Last year we were invited to the Sustainable Architecture conference in
Cambridge and several eco structure tours. Our instructors all have hands
on experience with sustainable solutions but they are also constantly
exploring what is new and successful in the sustainable construction field
and they bring that knowledge and experience to the programs that we run
here at Earthwalk.
run regular seminars and workshops on sustainable construction techniques,
ranging from renewable energy systems, to healthy homes. We stage a whole
weekend of workshops once year at the Green Planet Festival. Next year
we will begin offering week long and week end courses on such green construction
techniques as straw bale, cord wood, timber framing, SIPS, and ICF with
more on the drawing board. So stay tuned to our Training
Programs page for an up to date list of upcoming events, workshops
Eco Building Design and Consulting Services
In addition to our educational
programs we also offer design, coaching
and consulting services to those interested in creating sustainable
shelters. Whether your project is local or on the other side of the continent
we have expertise that can help you achieve your sustainability objectives.
Simply contact our office to make an an appointment with one of our sustainable
construction designers or consultants. We can help you craft your path
to a healthy and sustainable home.
Through or workshops and design,
consulting and project management services Earthwalk to offers homeowners
an option to build and remodel in a new, smarter way. We do this by paying
the utmost attention to details that encompass your building project.
The three main details we concern ourselves with are energy efficient
design, healthy home systems and sustainable building practices.
Energy efficient building promises that the client will have a completed
project that will be more comfortable and enjoyable. This also means that
your home will cost you less for energy each month, leaving you more money
for other things in life.
a healthy home is part and parcel of our design process. Research has
been demonstrating that indoor air quality in many homes and businesses
is much worse than our outdoor pollution issues. But this can change!
Through the use of toxin free and natural materials and extensive attention
to air and water quality considerations in design and construction of
your home we create a legacy for your family in the form of sustainable
healthy home. We even guide you in how to furnish and maintain your home
in ways that insure the healthiest of environment for your family.
Using sustainable or “green”
building practices enables the client not only to have a more healthy
and efficient home but to do their part to lessen their impact on the
earth’s resources. Typical sustainable materials are locally produced,
and have lifetime or very long, low maintenance life spans. This leaves
the client with more time for things other than home maintenance and the
peace of mind that their home will be durable and trouble free for a lifetime.
Learn more about sustainable building..
link to learn about our sustainable building design services. Planning
can make all the difference and save a great deal of time and money in
the crafting of any green building.
Follow this link to learn about personal sustainable construction coaching
and consulting services. From mentoring to project management we can help
you make it happen by providing the right advice and guidance for each
step of your project.
We have tested hundreds of eco building products and materials and we
only recommend products that have proven to be effective over time. We
have identified sources for many of these products on our Sustainable
Products page. You can follow this link to source many of your sustainable
We have evaluated local service providers that can build your green home
or install your eco technologies. Follow this link to review our list
of Sustainable Service Providers. This list is by no means complete but
the providers on this list have qualified to be there or we would not
be endorsing their services.
Books, CD's & Publications - If you have the time
to read there are more and more books being published on the subject of
sustainable construction and we have a number of Green Building books
available through our Resource Center.
- If you like the personal touch, we will be inviting many of these authors
to do presentations and workshops at Earthwalk and we will list these
events in our schedule of events.
Our Web Site - Of course this web site is another resource
you can use when planning a green building project. It will be constantly
expanding with additional information and articles on the subject. On
these pages you will find an over view of number of resources and a discussion
of some of the issues and possibilities that you might want to consider
including in your next building project. More importantly we will endeavor
to link you to a wide variety of useful information sources.
- You can follow many of the useful links on our Links
of Interest page. We are also compiling a Sustainability Resource
List with contact information for sustainability providers that will be
available at our future workshops.