Chris Magwood

Chris Magwood, Endeavour CentreChris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt.

Chris is currently a director at The Endeavour Centre. The school runs two full-time, certificate programs: Sustainable New Construction and Sustainable Renovations and hosts many hands-on workshops annually.

Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building, including:

He is co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers, and is a past editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly of straw bale and natural building. He has contributed articles to numerous publications on topics related to sustainable building and maintains a blog entitled “Thoughts on Building.” Recently, he contributed a chapter to the book The New Carbon Architecture.

In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, and over eight years helped to design and/or build more than 30 homes and commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems.

Chris is currently completing an MA at Trent University, studying the carbon storage potential of the built environment. His thesis, Opportunities for Carbon Capture and Storage in Building Materials will be published in April, 2019.

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally. 2018 speaking engagements included:

  • Passive House Canada Conference, Vancouver, Nov. 8
  • Passive Buildings Canada Boots on the Ground, Toronto, Oct. 17
  • Drawdown Materials Summit, Toronto, Oct. 24
  • Toronto Reference Library Public Interest Session, Sept. 11
  • International Institute for Environmental Studies, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, July 1
  • Carbon Smart Building Summit, New York, June 20
  • NESEA Building Energy Conference, Boston, March 8
  • Efficiency Vermont Conference, Burlington, Feb. 7

Chris was awarded the 2008 Excellence in Education Award by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). He was named a Canadian Eco-Hero by Harrowsmith Magazine. He has won numerous design and teaching awards, including a Home Sweet Home Award for Affordable Housing.

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