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…

Helical pier foundation
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

Helical pier foundation

The timber frame portion of our project for the teachers' union rests outside the walls of the building, requiring individual...
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A Durisol stem wall foundation
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

A Durisol stem wall foundation

Over the past few years, we have turned to Durisol insulated concrete forms (ICFs) several times. They offer an attractive blend...
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A unique shallow frost-protected foundation (SFPF)
Materials and techniques Teachers' Union office project

A unique shallow frost-protected foundation (SFPF)

In the pursuit of foundations that use little or no concrete, we have two common strategies that we often use....
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Finding LED lightbulbs that work
Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques

Finding LED lightbulbs that work

Since my first days of living off grid with a tiny PV system in the late 1990s, I have been...
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Project Update: A large, low-energy root cellar
Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Project Update: A large, low-energy root cellar

Our 2013 project at Circle Organic farm involved constructing a large, root cellar-style vegetable storage facility attached to the vegetable...
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Waste Wood Structural Columns
Materials and techniques Projects

Waste Wood Structural Columns

There is an incredible amount of “waste” wood that is thrown into landfills or otherwise left to rot because it...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Home-made hydraulic lime plaster

One of the most exciting elements of the Circle Organic farm project is the home-made hydraulic lime plaster we successfully...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Framing and Bales for the Farm

We do a lot of straw bale work at Endeavour, but it's such a normal part of what we do...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

First Ever Poraver Foundation

Followers of the Endeavour blog may remember that last year we used an innovative new insulation based on Poraver expanded...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Making a Rubble Trench Foundation

Rubble trench foundations offer a means by which to connect a building to frost-free ground in cold climates without resorting...
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Materials and techniques Projects

Hypar Roof Workshop with George Nez

On July 3rd, the students at Endeavour's Sustainable New Construction program took part in a day long workshop focused on...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

The Da Vinci Roof

Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's self-supporting bridge we decided to build a roof shelter for our work area to protect...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Another Cord In The Wall

A cordwood wall is made of cob and cord wood; this is how we made it: We began with a...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Solar Hot Water Shower

Solar Hot Water System Our outdoor shower makes excellent use of a handmade solar hot water system. This is a...
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Circle Organic Materials and techniques

Reciprocal Roof

What is a reciprocal roof? Reciprocal Frame Architecture by Olga Popovic Larsen 'Reciprocal frames consist of linear members which are...
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Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques

FSC Hardwood Flooring

One of the great difficulties of building a sustainable home is figuring out what products are really "green" and which...
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Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques

Air Source Heat Pump

Among the many challenges involved in meeting the Living Building Challenge standard for Canada's Greenest Home, one of the biggest...
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Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques

Dense-pack Cellulose Insulation

There are several portions of Canada's Greenest Home that do not have straw bale walls. While we believe strongly in...
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Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques Uncategorized

Low-tech glory: Straw and clay

A lot of the attention in a sustainable building goes to the high tech equipment and mechanical systems. But at...
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Canada's Greenest Home Materials and techniques

A Remarkable New Insulation

If you look beneath many of the most sustainable homes in North America, you'll often find foam-based insulations. Regardless of...
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