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…

Sustainable Building Essentials from Endeavour and New Society Publishers
Materials and techniques

Sustainable Building Essentials from Endeavour and New Society Publishers

The Endeavour Centre is partnering with New Society Publishers to bring natural building enthusiasts a new series of books intended...
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Light clay straw insulation
Materials and techniques

Light clay straw insulation

On April 10, a workshop at Endeavour led participants through the theory and practice of making wall insulation from light...
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Hempcrete developments
Materials and techniques

Hempcrete developments

On April 9, a workshop at Endeavour brought participants together to explore hempcrete insulation materials. The workshop looked at well-used...
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Repairing Clay Plaster (with toilet paper?…)
Materials and techniques

Repairing Clay Plaster (with toilet paper?…)

Questions concerning the durability of clay plaster - especially as an exterior plaster, and even more especially in cold and...
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What Makes a Building Product “Green”?
Materials and techniques Thoughts on Building

What Makes a Building Product “Green”?

The Green Glut The past 10 years have seen an explosion of building products being marketed to designers and builders...
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Product Review: Allback Linseed Stain Wax
Materials and techniques Product review

Product Review: Allback Linseed Stain Wax

At Endeavour, we are kind of obsessed with finding good-quality, non-toxic finishes for common household surfaces. Many homes have a...
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Why We Love Earthen Floors
Materials and techniques

Why We Love Earthen Floors

Take one step - especially with bare feet - on an earthen floor and chances are you will be sold...
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All About Natural Paint
Materials and techniques

All About Natural Paint

There is no easier or better place to shift away from toxic petrochemicals and move to using natural, non-toxic options...
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A PassiveHouse Heating System
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

A PassiveHouse Heating System

Passive House is a building certification program that focuses on dramatically improving the energy efficiency of new and renovated buildings....
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Thatch roof update
Materials and techniques

Thatch roof update

In 2009, we undertook the first permitted thatch roof in Ontario as part of the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre on...
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Building bottle wall features
Materials and techniques

Building bottle wall features

Many natural buildings feature bottles incorporated into walls. Bottle walls add colourful light and whimsy to a wall and open...
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Rocket mass heaters with Andrew Brunning
Materials and techniques

Rocket mass heaters with Andrew Brunning

I have lived almost my entire life in homes that have been heated with wood in one way or another....
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How to build with earthbag
Materials and techniques

How to build with earthbag

Earthbag building is one of Endeavour's favourite building techniques. We've used it for foundations on many projects, and have built...
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Building with Hempcrete or Hemp-Lime
Materials and techniques

Building with Hempcrete or Hemp-Lime

A group of lucky participants was treated to an excellent weekend workshop on building with hempcrete (or hemp-lime), led by...
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Air tightness details for straw bale walls
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

Air tightness details for straw bale walls

Straw bale wall systems have been touted for 20+ years now as a way to achieve higher insulation values with...
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Stop motion straw bale and earth plastering
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

Stop motion straw bale and earth plastering

Sustainable New Construction 2014 student Ben Bowman set up his camera and took some great sequences of the construction process...
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High-straw earthen plaster recipe
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

High-straw earthen plaster recipe

It's no secret that we love clay plasters at Endeavour, and the best case scenario is being able to use...
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Paperstone countertops at Canada’s Greenest Home
A Year in CGH Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques

Paperstone countertops at Canada’s Greenest Home

We spent a lot of time considering our countertop choices for Canada's Greenest Home. It's an area with many options,...
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Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

Framing systems for teachers’ union office

Wood framing is a conventional building practice that we use quite frequently at Endeavour. For the teachers' union project, we...
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Earthbag foundation for floor system
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

Earthbag foundation for floor system

In addition to the Durisol stem wall foundation, our project for the teachers' union office includes two long sections of...
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