Jun
26
1:30 PM13:30

Timing is Everything: Sequencing for Success Without Driving Sub-trades Mad

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Heading to the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) in NYC this month?

Be sure to also register for the pre-conference workshop on June 26th at BEEX3 titled Timing is Everything: sequencing for Success Without Driving Sub-trades Mad. It's a collaboration between 475 High Performance Building Supply’s Nick Shaw and Fourth Pig’s own Jesse Matthews.

This workshop will be an overview on making a complete and continuous interior and exterior air barrier, with a focus on addressing the common building sequencing concerns, highlighting the methods and materials that both designers and builders can use to address these sequencing concerns. This workshop will outline best practice for airsealing foundation to wall junctures, floor separations, wall to roof junctures, and common mechanical penetrations in both new build and renovation of wood construction, as well as discussing project management strategies to ensure details are executed properly.

Don't delay, registration for pre-conference events closes Wednesday June 19th! You can register right here.

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Fourth Pig presenting at PHPP User Group Monthly Meet Up June 12

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Please join us for the June Passive House Group Meet Up in Toronto! Please register for this free event here.

Successful Passive House projects rely on attention to detail in both planning and execution. At this meeting, Greg Leskien of Zon Engineering and Jesse Matthews of The Fourth Pig Green and Natural Construction will discuss their experiences from both the design and construction perspectives of their Passive House projects, with a focus on how to successfully translate Passive House designs to Passive House buildings.

Schedule:

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Pizza and beer

6:30 PM – 6:50 PM: Greg Leskien, C.E.T., C.P.H.D., Level II Thermographer. Vice President, Design and Field Services at Zon Engineering Inc.

Greg will provide an overview of his experience as a CPHD, and his work with Zon on multiple Passive House and net-zero projects across Ontario, including the approach to "active" detailed design and construction support.

6:50 PM - 7:10 PM: Jesse Matthews, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, PHIUS Certified Builder. Carpenter, Fourth Pig Green and Natural Construction.

Jesse will share lessons learned working as a Passive House Tradesperson, discuss the role of the Airtightness Champion or “Air Boss” on Passive House projects, examples of successful on-site problem solving.

7:10 PM - 7:30 PM: Greg and Jesse will discuss their experience on multi-unit affordable Passive House projects currently under construction, the Passive House Designer/Tradesperson relationship, and opportunities for collaborative problem solving between the CPHD and CPHT.

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Open for questions, discussion, and networking.

Please register so that we can better organize the event.

A GoToMeeting link will be sent out prior to the event for remote attendees.

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Join the PHPP User Group in Toronto every month to discuss topics related to the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) tool and network. These sessions are intended for Certified Passive House Designers and Consultants. Professional architects/engineers working on Passive House projects and people interested in Passive House are also welcome. Meetups are once a month in multiple locations.

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For questions, comments, or to become a presenter at upcoming events, please email the organizers at: PHPP.UserGroup.GTA@gmail.com.

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of OAA Structured Learning.

Thank you to Passive House Canada and RJC Engineers for their support of this event.

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Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

2nd open house for straw bale building for sale

  • 977 Meadow Wood Road Mississauga, ON, L5J 2S8 Canada (map)
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The Fourth Pig has been excited to do some renovations to this award winning straw bale home that is now up for sale. While we didn’t build it we have been working on some upgrades and will be on hand during this real estate open house to answer questions about straw bale buildings and the use of natural materials that are good for your health and the health of the planet.

The home was recently featured in the Toronto Star and in Toronto Life magazine.

You can see the real estate listing here.

Come and check it out!

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May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Super Sustainable Renovations: making your money and your values align

  • 1052 Kingston Road Toronto, ON, M4E 1T4 Canada (map)
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Thinking of renovating? Make sure your home is financially secure, environmentally healthy and adaptable to change. Come get the big picture on making your money and your values align from four professionals – an architect, mortgage broker, real estate agent, and an environmentally focused general contractor.

Join us for this interactive homeowner education session! Please note that space is limited to 20 people. Prior registration for this free event is required, register here.

Note that doors open at 6:30PM.

Presenters

Stephen Pollock, M.Arch. '96 (Dalhousie) is a licensed architect with twenty-three years of experience and owner of the architectural firm Green Bee Atelier Inc. He focuses on residential renovations and also brings to it the innovation and creativity gained from significant experience across many other project types. Stephen is driven by a passion for service and care for the environment.

J.M. Molloy is an award winning Mortgage Agent with Dominion Lending Centres, Canada’s Top Mortgage Brokerage. He is client focused with an emphasis on education and believes the more a client is informed, the better the decision they can make. J.M. “works for you, not the bank”.

Christian Torok is a real estate agent with the Roger Martins Group. He has been immersed in the building - property - finance world all his life from his parents (father is an architect, mother in the rentals business), to his university degree in Economics, to beginning his real estate career with a boutique brokerage. He sees the big picture yet is mindful of detail and is known for a patient straight forward approach. All of this combines to make Christian an ideal team player for any real estate services you may need.

Matthew Adams, a PHIUS Certified Builder, is a co-founder and the Director of Education and Operations with Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction. For over 10 years the the Fourth Pig has been making comfortable buildings that are good for the planet and good for your health.

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May
11
to May 12

Join us at an open house at a straw bale home for sale!

  • 977 Meadow Wood Road Mississauga, ON, L5J 2S8 Canada (map)
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The Fourth Pig has been excited to do some renovations to this award winning straw bale home that is now up for sale. While we didn’t build it we have been working on some upgrades and will be on hand during this real estate open house to answer questions about straw bale buildings and the use of natural materials that are good for your health and the health of the planet. The open house runs 1pm-5pm May 11 & 12.

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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Fourth Pig at ecoCaledon Drawdown Environmental Community Workshop

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The Fourth Pig is pleased to be part of the program at ecoCaledon Drawdown Environmental Community Workshop, acting as a resource around sustainable building.

“The Workshop will:

  • Show you the Seven Sectors of Drawdown that provide solutions (i.e., Food, Energy etc.). Communities around the world including Caledon are working together to move the dial on stopping Climate change. The program uses educational materials developed by the Pachamama Alliance" (a California not for profit)

  • See what Sectors and Solutions and Actions can make a difference.

  • Consider being a part of a community or neighbourhood group working together to do an environmental project (i.e., Local Park Clean-up, Community Garden etc.)

  • Hear about two Caledon Enviro projects; Gratitude for Food and Zero Waste

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. We did not make or devise the plan—the plan exists and is being implemented worldwide. It has been difficult to envision this possibility because the focus is overwhelmingly on the impacts of climate change. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. The research revealed that humanity has the means and techniques at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented, yet many more solutions are coming due to purposeful human ingenuity. The solutions we modeled are in place and in action. Humanity’s task is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible as soon as possible.”




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Apr
6
to Apr 7

Fourth Pig's Melinda Zytaruk in program at the Ontario Natural Building Confernece

  • Camp Kawartha / Outdoor Education Centre (map)
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The Fourth Pig is proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 Ontario Natural Building Conference and to have our own Melinda Zytaruk on the program with the session on “MSDS facts, labelling truths/non-truths, experience from the field” on Saturday.

The Ontario Natural Building Coalition is an advocacy group of designers, builders & homeowners working to promote healthy, high performance natural building strategies in the construction industry. This year's conference theme is "Healthy Homes"

The conference is open to the public, come on out and learn and share about natural building!

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Mar
22
to Mar 24

Join us in the Green Building Learning Zone at the Green Living Show

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The Fourth Pig is proud to be a founding member of The Green Building Learning Zone, which brings together leaders from the green building world together in one booth at the Green Living Show!  Come and get your questions about green building answered and explore our sample table and booth library, or listen in as we provide talks on everything from building science to health and well-being in the built environment!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jan
26
to Jan 27

Fourth Pig at the Guelph Organic Conference Trade Show 2019

  • Guelph University Centre (map)
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We are pleased to once again be participating in the trade show at the Guelph Organic Conference. The trade show is a free event (workshops have a fee) and the whole event is a great opportunity to talk, listen, teach and learn about sustainability. 

Come by our booth, #78 in the basement, and talk to us about sustainable building and how farmers can grow a lot of building materials!

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Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Join us at the 10th Annual EcoFair at the Barns

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Everyone is invited to the 10th Annual EcoFair at the Barns. The Fourth Pig will have a table there, come on over and say hello and talk green building with us. 

The EcoFair is a free, family-friendly event that informs and inspires greener choices in our homes and communities. Learn about and celebrate the exciting programs, products and services of over 40 environmental not-for-profit organizations and eco-friendly businesses.

At the EcoFair:

Attend eco-workshops & activities
Test drive an electric car
Have fun at the kids’ activities
Explore solar energy & conservation
Discover sustainable investing
Enjoy healthy delicious food
AND MORE!
 

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Oct
16
5:45 PM17:45

Join us for The Social Shift- Business for the Common Good (film/panel discussion)

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Business for the common good!

Join Muskoka Futures, Muskoka Small Business Centre and Georgian College's Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario senco at the Gravenhurst Opera House Tuesday October 16th for a screening of The Social Shift: A documentary on business for the common good.

Note: All proceeds split equally between Senco's Muskoka Traction Grants- Grants for social enterprise development in Muskoka and Muskoka Brewery's Venture Fund.

Doors open at 5:45pm. Enjoy a Muskoka Brewery pint and grab your popcorn

6:15pm Welcoming remarks.
6:30pm Documentary begins. *Finger food will be provided following the screening.
8:00pm Panel Discussion- Led by Elly Green of senco featuring local businesses creating social impact

Panelists will include:

Lindsay Leney of Your Local HVAC Team Inc.

Melinda Zytaruk of Fourth Pig: Green & Natural Construction

Kelly Watson of Muskoka Brewery

and more.



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Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Melinda Zytaruk speaking at Green Foundations -- Shaping a Sustainable Community

  • 15 King Street Bracebridge, ON, P1L 1H4 Canada (map)
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Melinda Zytaruk, General Manger of the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op, will be talking about sustainable, low carbon building at "Green Foundations - Shaping a Sustainable Future." Melinda's talk is at 1pm. Register for this free event right here! This event is part of Culture Days

"With discussions led by influential builders, homeowners, designers, and sustainable gurus, Green Foundations; Shaping a Sustainable Community, aims to inspire you to view your community through a greener, more sustainable lens."

Note the Fourth Pig has another event in the area the same day, the Ontario Natural Building Tour. Come before or after the talk!

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Visit a couple of Fourth Pig projects on the Annual Ontario Natural Homes Tour

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It's a 2 for 1 year for the Fourth Pig and the Ontario Natural Building Coalition's Annual Ontario Natural Homes Tour.  This year we are inviting the public to visit buildings next door to each other at 1033 and 1031 North Took Lake Road in Baysville. Both of these projects have been done in partnership with Stone's Throw Design

As a way of promoting natural building, the Ontario Natural Building Coalition coordinates an annual Natural Homes Tour, in the early autumn each year. For the tour, dozens of natural homes and buildings across Ontario open their doors for participants to see examples of straw bale, rammed earth, cob, timber frame, off grid, passive solar, and many other natural building methods and alternative technologies. 

At 1033 North Took Lake Road we are once again featuring a straw bale home deep retrofit. We converted this leaky and poorly insulated '60s home in to a quiet, comfortable year-round family haven through a combination of straw bale wrap, dense pack cellulose, an additional exterior wall and straw bale insulated addition. We modeled the home in the Passive House software, PHPP, to help us maximize our energy savings. We used FSC lumber and No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) sheet goods, zero VOC eco-friendly adhesives, finishes, sealants, and tapes.

At 1031 North Took Lake Road this is a retrofit with a Gutex fibreboard wrap of 80’s cottage. As Terrell Wong says of Stone's Throw Design "Lakeside Hammock was constructed in 1985 by two well meaning if not technically apt men. I describe its original condition as 'an ugly vinyl sided bungalow set atop 2 storeys of concrete block.' The original house had 2x4 stud walls with batt insulation, a roof with animal infested batt insulation and a completely un-insulated concrete block foundation fastened directly to granite bedrock. This project has been slowly chipped away at, initially from the interior and now on the exterior. Every opportunity was taken to increase insulation and air tightness as we moved toward our final goals."

Note that Melinda Zytaruk, General Manager of the Fourth Pig will be speaking at 1pm in Bracebridge nearby as part of Green Foundations -- Shaping a Sustainable Community. Come by before or after the tour!

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Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

How Buildings Can (Help) Save The World

  • Toronto Reference Library (Beeton Hall) (map)
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Climate change, indoor environment quality and ecosystem depletion are three major issues for the building industry and Chris Magwood has spent his career working toward practical, affordable solutions. Come and learn how the answers to these pressing concerns overlap nearly perfectly, solving any one of these issues conveniently creates solutions for all three.

Chris Magwood is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. 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. 

This talk is part of Toronto Public Library's Civil Society series and part of the Fourth Pig's speaker series "Pig Tales".

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Come talk green building with us at the Muskoka Life Show

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On Saturday June 16th you can find staff from the Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction at our booth at the Muskoka Life Show! Stop by our booth and learn about how a green reno or build can promote a healthy you and a healthy planet. 

The Summer Muskoka Life Show is a free, annual Home, Garden, Cottage, Food & Decor Show organized by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Muskoka Life.

Visitors will not only be drawn to the Summer Muskoka Life Show, for the almost 100 vendor exhibits, but will be entertained with interactive “Muskoka Lifestyle ” workshops, cooking demos, and presentations, scheduled on 2 stages throughout the day!

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Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Fourth Pig on panel for "Ready, Set, Go Co-op"

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In a collaborative presentation, the GTA Co-op Network, The Big Carrot, and the Local Food and Farm Co-ops will discuss the impact of food and farm co-ops in Ontario, including the basics of starting and maintaining co-operative and worker owned businesses. Learn how the cooperative model can address food system problems and strengthen local economies. Panelists include: Reba Plummer (Urbane Cyclist Worker Co-op), Kate McMurray (The Big Carrot), Sally Miller (Local Food and Farm Co-ops) and Matt Adams (Fourth Pig Worker Co-op).

Carrot Common Room 212. Stair access only. Entrance beside Book City on the Danforth

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Jan
27
to Jan 28

Find us at the Guelph Organic Conference Trade Show

  • Guelph University Centre (map)
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We are excited to be returning to the Guelph Organic Conference. There are strong connections between sustainable farming and sustainable building and we look forward to talking to people about building using materials that can be found in farmers' fields.

Find us at the trade show Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28. Our booth is in the basement area. Note that while there is a cost to attend workshops and talks, the trade show is a free event! As the conference organizers say: 

Food lovers will enjoy the samples and shopping.

Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy shopping amongst multiple organic seed suppliers, as well as browsing gardening tools and books.

Farmers can network with certifiers, grain traders and small equipment suppliers.

And we say everyone can come and talk sustainable building with us!

 

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Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Passive House Days Hamilton 2017 - Talk+Tour / Parkdale Landing

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The Fourth Pig is acting as the air tightness consultants on this Passive House project. 

Please bring warm clothing for the site tour and RSVP by contacting office@invizij.ca.

Parkdale Landing is the first building Passive House building under construction in the Hamilton region and includes 57 affordable apartments with ground floor retail space. Parkdale Landing includes the renovation of the former George and Mary's Tavern along with an addition of new construction. As part of International Passive House Days, you are invited to come learn about the project and what energy-saving, innovative elements are planned in the building's design.

This interactive discussion will be led by members of the architectural team (Invizij Architects), mechanical engineer (CK Engineering), Air tightness consultant (Fourth Pig: green & natural construction), Owner (Indwell), and the Construction Manager (Schilthuis Construction). The team is also currently beginning construction on two other Passive House projects in Hamilton and Woodstock and will share briefly about these different construction types as well. 

At 2:15pm we will shift gears and travel 2km NE to the actual construction site for Parkdale Landing at 205 Melvin Ave. Note that this building is under construction with only the foundations and partial ground floor completed. Please bring certified work boots and a hard hat, if you have them, otherwise there will be some available to borrow.

 

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Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

9th Annual Eco Fair at the Barns

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The Fourth Pig is returning to the Eco Fair at the Barns this year and we hope you will come out to this free admission event to talk low-carbon energy efficient building with us. 

EcoFair at the Barns is a fun family oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Last year, over 1,000 people came out to learn about green initiatives and achievements in our neighbourhood and in our city, to explore new ideas, and to share green tips and tricks.

 

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Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Is your cottage climate change ready? Presentation at Fall Cottage Life Show

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Is your cottage climate change ready?

Scientists are telling us that we are already facing more extreme weather. The National Research Council is currently updating the national model codes to adapt to this new reality of intense precipitation and drought, longer and more extreme heat waves, more significant  flooding and more. 

What can cottage owners do to A) prepare their cottage for extreme weather? B) reduce the climate footprint of their cottage? Both steps are key to insure the safety and security of buildings and to reduce the effects of climate change for generations to come. 

Presenter:

Melinda Zyataruk is the General Manager of Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction and a board member of Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-op. A frequent presenter on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Melinda is a Passive House Certified Builder and a member of the Canadian Association of Women in Construction.

This presentation is part of the Fall Cottage Life Show. You can find The Fourth Pig in Hall 5 booth 646. 

 

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Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Anniversary event! BUILT TO LAST: What does the next 10 years hold for green building?

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In celebration of our 10th anniversary the Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction invites you to: BUILT TO LAST: What does the next 10 years hold for green building? with Lloyd Alter, Terrell Wong, Melinda Zytaruk.

Join us for great conversation, snacks and a cash bar! 

Melinda Zytaruk is the General Manager and a founding member of the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op. Melinda is a PHIUS Certified Builder and in 2010 was trained as a PHI consultant. She has completed the Net Zero Home Building Science Training.  She has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University with a focus on community renewable energy and sustainability and is a graduate of the Renewable Energy Education Program of Solar Energy International located in Colorado. Melinda’s career has merged her passions for green construction, community organizing and education. She has worked as a builder on straw bale houses, designed and installed solar electric and hot water systems, and has been the general contractor for eco-renovations since 2007.

Lloyd Alter is design editor of TreeHugger. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter. He contributes to MNN.com, The Guardian, Azure and Corporate Knights magazines, and is Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Lloyd is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

Terrell Wong is an architect with over 25 years experience. In 2006, Terrell lead the winning team to the National Archetype Sustainable House Award. In 2009, Terrell was a founding member and President of Passive Buildings Canada, a national membership-based, non-profit organization that promotes the Passive House concept. Terrell is the principal architect at Stone’s Throw Design.

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Mississauga straw bale house tour with Ontario Natural Building Coalition and Green Energy Doors Open
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Mississauga straw bale house tour with Ontario Natural Building Coalition and Green Energy Doors Open

  • 977 Meadow Wood Road Mississauga, ON, L5J 2S8 Canada (map)
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The public is invited to tour a straw bale eco home as part of both Green Energy Doors Open and the Ontario Natural Building Coalition's Home Tour!

Situated on a property with an eco-friendly, biodiverse half acre garden with rare native wildflowers and grasses, this post and beam building features straw bale insulation, Unisolar panels on roof (with 20 NiCad battery storage) along with solar thermal. The home has a steel roof and a green roof adorns the carport.  The home was built for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities and materials used are non-toxic. The home also features in-floor heating and a masonry stove.

Originally designed as flexible co-housing with 3 semi private units and about 1000 sq common area with main kitchen, the 4500 square foot house is currently being prepared for sale with renovations and repairs from the Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction.

Construction Features:

  • Plastered straw bale wall infill main floor wall construction
  • Veneer, lime gypsum plaster used throughout the interior walls, no mudding and taping
  • Integrated solar panels 2.6Kw system with battery back up. 
  • Solar how water 
  • 20 NiCad batteries in the basement connected to critical bypass panel
  • LED lighting used through out
  • Skylights through out for natural lighting and ventilation.
  • Triple Glazed fiberglass windows
  • Roof insulated with mineral wool to R60
  • Standing seam steel roof
  • Soap stone window sill internally
  • Wisa Board used extensively inside and out 
  • Strawboard was used for cabinets 
  • Maple kitchen, trim and doors 
  • Bamboo flooring used in some locations.
  • PSL (parallel strand lumber) load bearing beams and posts used throughout
  • Durisol (now Nexcem) used for the foundation
  • Shoji Panels made with handmade paper panels on plexiglass
  • green roof on carport
  • unpaved driveway
  • paths in garden are made of coregravel and gravel and 100% permeable
  • Viessmann gas boiler
  • infloor heating in all floors - mostly concrete and some bamboo
  • house has one  masonry wood fireplace in living room, and 2 soapstone wood stoves in the wings

 

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Muskoka straw bale house tour with Ontario Natural Building Coalition and Green Energy Doors Open
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Muskoka straw bale house tour with Ontario Natural Building Coalition and Green Energy Doors Open

  • 1033 North Tooke Lake Road North Baysville, ON, P0B 1A0 Canada (map)
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The Fourth Pig is excited to partner with the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-op (LOBREC) and host an eco-home open house as part of both Green Energy Doors Open and the Ontario Natural Building Coalition's Home Tour

Come tour a straw bale highly energy efficient eco home (renovated by the Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction) and get information on the local Lake of Bays Renewable Energy C0-op. LOBREC is a not-for-profit renewable energy co-operative. LOBREC’s goal is to bring community owned renewable energy projects to Lake of Bays for the benefit of the community as a whole.

This eco home was converted from a leaky and poorly insulated 60’s home into a quiet, comfortable year-round family haven through a combination of straw bale wrap, dense pack cellulose an additional exterior wall and straw bale insulated addition. The home was modeled  in the Passive House software, PHPP to help maximize our energy savings. The use of natural materials  helps to offset embodied carbon energy in the home.

The house features a wood fired boiler which also heats domestic water and water for space heating. A solar hot water heater was also installed for hot water and supplement radiant heating. Insulation included denim batt and cellulose.  Perlite was used for under slab basement insulation and to insulate block walls. The house contains an Energy Recovery Ventilator – a high efficiency fresh air supply, ventilation and whole house HEPA air filtration system. Energy efficient lighting and electrical were used including LED lights, BX wiring to reduce Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) and Electrical Magnetic Fields.

 

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Solar Brewery Tour with Green Energy Doors Open
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Solar Brewery Tour with Green Energy Doors Open

At the Fourth Pig we are exited to be renovating a barn and turning it into a brewery at GoodLot Farmstead Brewing. GoodLot makes hyperlocal beers, growing their ingredients on their organic farm or getting them locally.

This barn-to-brewery tour is part of #GEDO17 (Green Energy Doors Open) and the public is invited to see the farm and the brewery in progress. The barn features a 10KW solar array (with a 9KW one coming soon). No fossil fuels will be used to in production of the beer. The brewery will be highly energy efficient (no leaky barn here!). 

Come out and meet Fourth Pig and GoodLot staff!

Construction features: 
● Ontario’s (perhaps Canada’s) first 100% electric, solar powered brewery
● Organic hops and other ingredients grown on and around the farm (hyper-local, farm-raised beer)
● Reuse of an existing barn
● Board and batten siding kept to preserve imbedded carbon investment
● Super insulated walls and roof R40 walls and R80 attic
● Super air tight to meet passive house standards
● Generally low carbon construction
● Durable non toxic finishes on the interior
● Triple glazed wood aluminum clad passive house windows and doors
● Simplified heating and cooling system due to air tight super insulated construction
● Recycled and recyclable materials used wherever possible
● New shallow ICF foundation frost protected by perimeter insulation.
● On site well water for brewing and general use
● All LED lighting to be used
● Tasting room to be in reconditioned 100 year old post and peg beam barn beside brew barn, utilizing and exposing existing post and beam structure

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Jun
17
9:00 AM09:00

Fourth Pig presents "Healthy home and cottage renovations - for you and the environment! "

Join the Fourth Pig at the Summer Muskoka Life Show. The Summer Muskoka Life Show is a free, annual Home, Garden, Cottage, Food & Decor Show organized by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Muskoka Life.

Visitors will not only be drawn to the Summer Muskoka Life Show, for the almost 100 vendor exhibits, but will be entertained with interactive “Muskoka Lifestyle ” workshops, cooking demos, and presentations, scheduled on 2 stages throughout the day!

Melinda Zytaruk, General Manage of the Fourth Pig will be speaking on "Healthy home and cottage renovations - for you and the environment!" at 1:00pm.  Plus we will have a table there, stop by and talk green renovations! 

 

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May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Fourth Pig presentation at Let's Live Green

The Fourth Pig is excited to be participating at Let's Live Green. Our General Manager, Melinda Zytaruk will be presenting "Building for a low-carbon future, naturally." at 4:35. Plus, come by our booth and talk low-carbon, energy efficient buildings with us! 

Let's Live Green is an engaging and educational event to help you reduce your environmental impact at home and on the go. The event has exhibitors, electric cars, presentations and more. See you there!

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Carbon Elephant in the Room: Buildings as a Solution to Climate Change

Green building and beers, a naturally great pairing!

Please join us for a free talk by builder, writer, teacher, author Chris Magwood at the wonderful Shacklands Brewery!

Chris Magwood is the Executive Director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school also based in Peterborough he is also the lead instructor for the Sustainable New Construction program at Endeavour. Chris is the author of a number of books on building including his most recent Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide for Sustainable Construction.

Buildings today are becoming more energy efficient thanks to changing building codes and a wealth of innovative building products. However, using these modern, cost-saving materials isn't enough when you consider a building's embodied carbon levels (found in its materials) and its operational carbon footprint.

Thankfully, there is a win-win solution to the carbon problem when it comes to buildings, and it's easier and cheaper than you think.

Co-sponsored by the Green Community Hub Meetup Group

Special thanks to our business sponsor: 

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