Sustainable Building Materials and Technology

At Endeavour, we thrive on working with the most promising and innovative sustainable building materials and technology. From simple natural materials to effective high-tech mechanical systems, our exploration of what’s available, possible, practical and affordable is our raisons d’être.

On this page, you’ll find links to blogs we’ve posted on a wide range of sustainable materials and techniques. Scroll through and explore, or use the search function to find the subject of your interest…

Waste wood structural columns
Materials and techniques

Waste wood structural columns

Waste wood structural columns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEXfoESaJZg There is an incredible amount of “waste” wood that is thrown into landfills or otherwise...
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Tire pier foundation
Materials and techniques

Tire pier foundation

Tire pier foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUtTwalmN2U Used car and truck tires are a waste dilemma in our society. Why not put these...
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Prefabricated straw bale wall panels
Materials and techniques

Prefabricated straw bale wall panels

Prefabricated straw bale walls Endeavour has a long history of working with prefabricated straw bale wall panels. We were the...
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Round straw bale columns
Materials and techniques

Round straw bale columns

Round straw bale columns Many people use small, square straw bales to make buildings, but we used the big round...
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What Makes Zero House – BiPVco Solar Modules
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – BiPVco Solar Modules

This is one in a series of blog posts about the materials we’ve chosen to build our Zero House project… What are...
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What Makes Zero House – 475 High Performance Building Supply
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – 475 High Performance Building Supply

This is one in a series of blog posts about the materials we’ve chosen to build our Zero House project… What is...
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What Makes Zero House – Inline Fiberglass Windows
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – Inline Fiberglass Windows

This is one unlimited web hosting reviews about the materials we’ve chosen to build our Zero House project… What are Inline Fiberglass...
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What Makes Zero House – GRK Fasteners
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – GRK Fasteners

This is one in a series of blog posts about the materials we’ve chosen to build our Zero House project… What are...
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What Makes Zero House – Applegate Cellulose Insulation
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – Applegate Cellulose Insulation

This is one in a series of blog posts about the materials we've chosen to build our Zero House project......
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What Makes Zero House – SonoClimat Eco4 Fiberboard
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – SonoClimat Eco4 Fiberboard

This is one in a series of blog posts about the materials we've chosen to build our Zero House project......
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What Makes Zero House – ReWall EssentialBoard
Materials and techniques Zero House

What Makes Zero House – ReWall EssentialBoard

This is one in a series of blog posts about the materials we've chosen to build our Zero House project......
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Zero House Goals – Carbon Sequestration in Building Materials
Materials and techniques Zero House

Zero House Goals – Carbon Sequestration in Building Materials

The Zero House project has three key goals: zero net energy use, zero toxins and zero carbon footprint. This blog...
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Mycofoam Insulation for Zero House
Materials and techniques Zero House

Mycofoam Insulation for Zero House

One of the most exciting developments in the field of sustainable building is the use of biological processes to literally...
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Zero House prefab wall panels
Materials and techniques Zero House

Zero House prefab wall panels

The Zero House is designed to have zero net energy use, zero carbon footprint and zero toxins. But it is...
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Thatch Roof Basics
Materials and techniques

Thatch Roof Basics

Thatch roofs may seem like a romantic and foreign notion in North America, but they are entirely feasible in a...
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Composting Toilet Basics
Materials and techniques

Composting Toilet Basics

Composting toilets are the most misunderstood element of an ecologically friendly building. There's no need to be scared! This introduction...
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Residential Heating System Basics
Materials and techniques

Residential Heating System Basics

Residential Heating System Basics The ability to employ mechanical systems to automatically modulate the temperature (and often humidity levels) of...
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Rammed Earth Construction Basics
Materials and techniques

Rammed Earth Construction Basics

Rammed earth construction basics How does rammed earth construction rate? This introduction to rammed earth construction is from the book...
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Jumbo bales and hempcrete – together!
Jumbo bale duplex Materials and techniques

Jumbo bales and hempcrete – together!

Fifth Wind Farms wanted to create a building that could reach the energy efficiency requirements of the Passive House standard...
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Building a roof on the ground
Materials and techniques

Building a roof on the ground

At Endeavour, we tackle some fairly large building projects with our Sustainable New Construction program. This means completing a entire...
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