We are hiring for our Muskoka Crew

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We are hiring for a few positions for our Muskoka crew (most jobs within an hour of Huntsville Ontario). We are hiring for :

  • Carpenter,

  • Site superintendent

Detailed job descriptions are below

Successful candidates for all of these positions are keenly interested in environmentally, natural, sustainable and energy efficient building techniques.

Our mission is to foster ecologically balanced methods of construction and energy production in order to promote more sustainable and healthy communities. The Fourth Pig consults on, renovates and builds low-carbon, energy efficient buildings. We work primarily in the GTA, the Golden Horseshoe and Muskoka areas.

To apply: email info@fourthpig.org and attach both a cover letter and a resume. In your attached cover letter please highlight your relevant skill and training as well as your interest, experience and knowledge with sustainable building. We are accepting applications immediately and encourage applicants to submit ASAP but at least by April 1st. The Fourth Pig offers competitive wages commensurate with experience/expertise. Please include your wage expectations.  Please include the job title (or titles) in your subject line and please no calls.

Workers in the Fourth Pig may be eligible to become worker-owners after a period of work.  The Fourth Pig welcomes and encourages members of equity seeking groups to apply. We are an LGBTQ positive environment. The Fourth Pig also welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Wage range: $25-35/hour plus 6% vacation pay.


The carpenter position focuses on performing a range of carpentry and construction related tasks.  The carpenter may also lead apprentice carpenters in tasks. The carpenter will assist in maintaining a safe and efficient job site and take on tasks as needed. Work includes building foundations, installing floor beams, laying sub-flooring and installing walls and roofing systems; fitting and installing trim, doors, stairs, moulding and hardware; measuring, cutting and joining materials made of wood or wood substitutes, metal, straw and other building materials;  repairing and renovating wooden and other structures; erect scaffolding, site cleaning. Finish carpentry, framing and other construction skills related to renovations, additions and new builds


  • Have 10+  years construction site experience, with strong skills in framing, finish carpentry, and experience in renovations and additions

  • Knowledge of and experience in green and natural  building techniques and products an asset

  • Experience and knowledge of Passive House techniques is an asset

  • Comfortable reading and interpreting floor plans and blueprints

  • Strong ability to do take offs and order materials

  • Knowledge of the current Ontario Building Code as it applies to residential low-rise and light-commercial construction

  • Fall protection, WHMIS and first aid training.  Additional related training an asset

  • Own a full compliment of tools

  • Ability to arrive reliably on time to job sites in Muskoka (generally within an hour from Huntsville).

  • Posses a valid Class G driver’s license with insurance

  • Posses a reliable vehicle, (possession of a vehicle capable of moving large materials, such as lumber)

Physical ability requirements:

  • Work an 8 hour day of physical labour

  • Work inside and outside

  • Ability to lift 50lb over a sustained period of time

  • Ability to safely carry out a full slate of physical demands throughout a work day of construction such as climbing ladders and scaffold, reaching and lifting overhead, shoveling

Site Superintendent

Wage range: $35-42/hour plus 6% vacation pay

The  candidate  will be responsible  for overseeing all trades  and effectively managing daily  on site activities. The successful  candidate must possess the knowledge,  experience and confidence to engage and  professionally interact with the design professional's,  consultants and client while successfully directing the  sub-­‐contractors and other construction related personnel in  planning, coordinating and safely executing the work in accordance  with the contract documents, schedule and budget. This individual will   work closely with the Project Manager and fulfill an integral role on the  project. Candidate must be professional and a personable leader committed to the  overall objective and self development within the company.


  • Assist  in the preparation  of the project schedule  

  • Review  the project  plans and specifications  and comment on the building  design, scheduling, possible cost  savings measures and potential construction  problems

  • Review  and accept  the general conditions  budget

  • Assemble  the job site  office and equipment  requirements

  • Have  confidence  in own ability  to intelligently communicate  with design team/client as well  as effectively lead the trades

  • Contact,  schedule and  coordinate all  subcontractors, suppliers  and utilities

  • Monitor  and maintain  the project construction  schedule on a weekly basis

  • Raise  and discuss  relevant issues  at the job site  meetings

  • Inform  the Project  Manager of any  errors, discrepancies  or omissions contained  within the Consultant’s  design drawings

  • Maintain  a safe job  site and ensure  that the requirements  of the Occupational Health  and Safety Act are enforced  

  • Coordinate  and direct independent  testing and inspections as  required

  • Maintain  and enforce  good construction  standards and quality  control

  • Maintain  control and  responsibility  for the security  and operation of directly  owned equipment on the job  site

  • Control  and monitor  labour, material  and equipment expenses.  Assist in the preparation  of the monthly cost forecasting  summaries

  • Ensure  that “as-built”  drawings are prepared  on an ongoing basis by  all trades during the construction   period

  • Coordinate  all required  municipal inspections

  • Prepare  and expedite  project deficiency  lists

  • Maintain  a neat and  tidy site


  • Minimum  5 years experience  as a Site Superintendent  on residential custom builds and renovations.  

  • Knowledge of the current Ontario Building Code as it applies to residential low-rise and light-commercial construction Knowledge of the current Ontario Building Code as it applies to residential low-rise and light-commercial construction

  • Formal training in  a construction related  field an asset

  • Must  have understanding  of construction terms,  scheduling and planning concepts

  • Possess a personal computer in good working condition with internet access

  • Knowledge of common computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Excellent  organizational,  presentation, and  interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of and experience in green and natural  building techniques and products an asset

  • Experience and knowledge of Passive House techniques is an asset   

  • Posses a valid Class G driver’s license with insurance

  • Ability to arrive reliably on time to job sites in Muskoka (generally within an hour from Huntsville).

Green building experts join forces at Green Living Show, March 22-24


Press release: March 14, 2019

Green building experts join forces at Green Living Show, March 22-24

Alarmed that buildings are harming people and the environment, experts believe education is key and create Green Building Learning Zone

(Toronto, ON)  Recent studies show that buildings account for almost half of Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we spend on average 90 percent of our time indoors, where air quality is often terrible. We must do better, say a group of green building experts who have banded together for the first time to share their expertise at the upcoming Green Living Show March 22-24 in Toronto. Education, they say, is key.

These green building professionals have created a collaborative space within the Green Living Show called the “Green Building Learning Zone.” The group wants the booth to reinvigorate the green building section of the Green Living Show and educate consumers about what is possible. 

The Green Building Learning Zone brings together architects, designers, builders, suppliers, educators, non-profits and consultants from the green building world who are all deeply committed to creating sustainable buildings and educating the public about their importance.  Green Building Learning Zone contributors are planning a series of educational presentations at the Green Building Show on a range of topics that include: building envelope, indoor air quality, and alternative building materials, to name a few. Many presentations will draw from case studies from Toronto and beyond. In addition, there will be sample green building materials, a library of resources to peruse and purchase, and experts to answer questions.

Green Building Learning Zone collaborators include: Aerecura Rammed Earth Builders; Agritecture, Ontario; Eco Building Resource; Endeavour - The Sustainable Building School; the Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction; Greening Homes; Nadurra Wood Corporation; The Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science Graduate Studies, Ryerson University; Sage Living; Simple Life; Stone’s Throw Design Inc.; and, Tooketree Passive Homes. The Green Living Show booth is sponsored by Sustainable Buildings Canada, Passive Buildings Canada and the Ontario Natural Building Coalition.

The group says their vision of a sustainable building is: affordable to build, buy and operate; very energy efficient; made with materials that have low embodied carbon and minimal waste; healthy, comfortable and promotes the well-being of the occupants; resilient, beautiful, accessible, and connected to community.

“The need for education around high performance and healthy buildings is quite great and urgent,” says Bettina Hoar, one of the founding members of the group. “Too often homeowners are unaware that the buildings they live and work in are not up to the highest energy performance and health standards. This compromises their comfort, health and energy bills. It also negatively impacts the environment and contributes to climate change. We want them to know that they have the power to change this next time they plan to buy, build or renovate.”

The City of Toronto’s 2030 goal is that all new buildings be built to produce near-zero GHG emissions.  This is possible today.  While Ontario’s building code strives to improve energy performance, it does not guarantee a high performance, comfortable and healthy space. It is up to consumers to demand higher standards, and that starts with knowledge.

“Typically when people want to reduce their building’s environmental footprint, they might first consider solar panels, which are often the most expensive solution relative to their overall impact,” says Hoar. “Really, the most effective way to begin is with the “unsexy” stuff - the building envelope such as walls, roof, foundation and windows – the things we don’t see but have such a massive impact because they reduce the need for energy in the first place. Plus buildings affect human health and wellbeing, from the way they are designed, to the materials and methods used to build them, to how to they fit into the community.  We can do better.”

To learn more about the Green Building Learning Zone and contributors, visit: www.greenbuildinglearningzone.org

Fourth Pig's Taryn Green now a Certified Passive House Consultant

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We are excited to announce that Fourth Pig Project Coordinator Taryn Green is now a Certified Passive House Consultant! As the Passive House Institute US says “PHIUS-trained CPHCs are leading adoption of passive house by designing and building quality-assured passive projects -- single family, multifamily and commercial -- across North America's varied climate zones.”

Taryn is also a PHIUS Certified Builder, Energy Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

New UN report says buildings and construction sector are huge untapped potential for emission reductions


Dramatic action will be needed by governments, cities and business if the global buildings and construction sector is to cut its carbon footprint in line with international agreements, according to a new report by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

The 2018 Global Status Report - Towards a Zero-Emission, Efficient and Resilient Buildings and Construction Sector, highlights that emissions from buildings and construction may have peaked in the past few years, with energy efficiency gains in areas such as heating, lighting and cooking and with more offices and homes being powered by cleaner forms of energy. However the report underlines that the buildings sector – a huge engine of the global economy – still accounts for a significant 39 percent of total energy-related CO2 emissions and 36 percent of final energy use.

Notably the report identifies embodied carbon of buildings as a crucial issue.

Fourth Pig project featured in Globe and Mail

Photo: Riley Snelling

Photo: Riley Snelling

Muskoka cottage sheds its skin for a sustainable new coat” by Dave Leblanc in the Globe and Mail highlights a recent project by architect Terrell Wong of Stones Throw Design with the Fourth Pig doing the renovation work. There has been quite a transformation!

In the article Terrell Wong describes the pleasure that a well put together project can bring,
“‘I never thought I would have feelings towards siding until …’ Ms. Wong said, pausing for thought, and then giving credit to the Fourth Pig: ‘I’ve never seen people take so much time to make siding level and sexy and perfect, and I’m like, ‘Oh, is this what it’s supposed to look like?’ I’m so used to the wobbly siding with the dirt on it.’”

Read the whole piece here.

Fourth Pig becomes a certified supplier with Buy Social

This month the Fourth Pig became a certified supplier with Buy Social. “Buy Social Canada brings socially driven purchasers and social enterprise suppliers together, building business relationships that generate social benefits to communities across the country. We offer a recognized, Canada-wide social enterprise certification program that opens the door to an emerging social impact network. We work with community, private sector, and government to support the development of policy and resources to strengthen local and regional social procurement initiatives.”

Parkdale Landing project wins prize

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Indwell’s Parkdale Landing Project won the Inspiring Home Award last night from the Canada Green Building Council. The Fourth Pig acted as airtightness consultants and air barrier installers (and solver of air tightness details) on Parkdale Landing, which is to date the largest passive house retrofit in Canada. We worked with owners Indwell, the architect Invizij and the General Contractor Schithuis Construction to ensure the air barrier met or exceeded passive house air tightness standards. The building passed its air tightness requirements with flying colours (coming in at at 0.3 ACH at 50 Pascals)!

Parkdale Landing is now 57 affordable apartments, with commercial space on the ground floor.