2017 Ecological Building Course: Just BioFiber

Permaculture. Sustainable Food Production. Natural Building. Education. Community.

2017 Ecological Building Course: Just BioFiber


Date(s) - Sep 11 - Sep 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

OUR Ecovillage

Ecological Building: Hemp takes a new form!

Taught by: Elke Cole, Bryce Gilroy-Scott, Jack Anderson, Just BioFiber construction specialists and many other fantastic guest teachers.

Do you want to build with natural Hemp fibers? What if the health and simplicity of natural buildings could be joined with the performance demands of high efficiency commercial buildings?

Join O.U.R. Ecovillage and Just BioFiber for a two-week ecological/natural building course from September 11th to 23rd 2017. In this course you will work hands on with the Super-SSR Blocks by Just BioFiber to build a new reception and office building at O.U.R. Ecovillage.

The course will cover all aspects of natural building, including: ecological design, engineering, architecture and building design, energy modeling, permitting, natural finishes and an introductory to an in-depth demonstration of the Just BioFiber products and building system, as one of the new premiere green building processes in Canada.

Choose to enroll in both weeks or choose the week most relevant to your area of interest.

You are also invited to attend one of the industry focused professional development days and public open houses!


Course Calendar


September 11-16, 2017

Topics: Ecological building design and architecture, community design, energy modeling and passive solar.

Build:  Introduction to building/wall systems with Just BioFiber blocks.

Open House:    Saturday September 16th, 2017
“Overview of Ecological Design and Building” 

  • 10-10:30: Project Intro by Jack Anderson/Anderson GreenPlan  and General Q&A with
  • 11-11:45: Michael DeChamplaine –  Overview of all of Just BioFiber product and design
  • 12:30-1:30 LUNCH
  • 2:30-3:30: Bryce Gilroy-Scott –  Energy use and energy modeling for Just BioFiber Buildings
  • 4:00-5:00: Elke Cole – Natural building systems and ecological architectural design




September 18 -23, 2017

Topics: Natural wall systems, permitting natural buildings, how do natural materials work

Build: In-depth construction of full building/wall systems with JBF blocks (inc. windows and aspects of roof).

Guest Teachers: Elke Cole, Grant Breckenridge

OPEN HOUSE:  Wednesday September 20, 2017
“Engineering and Professional Development Day”

Teachers include Grant Breckenridge (Building Inspector), Ted Burch (Engineer), Just BioFiber Representatives will be present to answer any of your questions on the material.

See the Just BioFiber Office and reception building before plaster finishing and ask all your questions about hempcrete, natural building, and permitting in BC!

Meet with Just BioFiber representatives to discuss your dream projects and ask questions about the material in person.

OPEN HOUSE:  Saturday September 23, 2017
Everything Just BioFiber

Get the real life details on how to successfully permit a natural building. Participate in a panel discussion with regulators, builders and engineers on how to get your project up to code and properly permitted

Celebrate the success of the build so far with a wine and cheese reception hosted by Cascadia Collaborative.

Bring your friends and family and go on a tour of the many natural buildings and sustainable living projects at O.U.R. ecovillage. Enjoy a delicious lunch from the zero mile eatery! Eat healthy food harvested from the on-site permaculture garden.

  • 10-12  Open House Drop-In and Q&A session:  come and meet builders and JBF owners and key stakeholders.
  • 12:30-1:30 LUNCH – Zero Mile Eatery
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PANEL DISCUSSION:  Permitting Natural Buildings – with regulators, builders, and engineers
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Wine and Cheese reception with panel representatives – Hosted in Collaboration with Cascadia Collaborative


Full course (2 week) option:         $1300* plus tax

1 week only option:                      $800*  plus tax

*Price including food and outdoor camping

Open House (1 day): $120 plus tax (including lunch)

Some skill trade options may also apply   

Email info [at] ourecovillage.org or phone the office at 1.250.743.3067.

Register for Full 2-weeks course



Register for Week 1 (Sept 11-16, 2017)



Register for Week 2 (Sept 18-23, 2017)



Register for Open House Sept 16



Register for  Open House Sept 20



Register for Open House Sept 23



About O.U.R. Ecovillage

The O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE (Shawnigan Lake, BC Canada),is a 25 acre “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” where you have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours and view ecological design structures built with everything from earthen, straw bale, rammed earth, earthship walls, living roofs, rainwater harvesting, grey/black water recycling, alternative energy, and many other innovative design features. Nowhere else exists in Canada with such a comprehensive package of alternative building designs.


About Just Bio Fiber


SSR Structural Blocks

  • Made from hemp hurd & lime
  • Carbon Negative
  • R40+ insulation value
  • Highly Fire resistant
  • Reduce energy costs
  • High load bearing capacity: 60 MPa with a shear value of 117 psi
  • Insect and mold resistant

For as long as the human race has existed, people have continuously worked towards improving the quality of life, both for themselves and for future generations. From life in the wilderness, to life in villages and cities—people have advanced. We help each other to live better. In the desire to help more people, the industrial revolution brought a whole new approach to the production of goods. More people than ever were empowered to improve their quality of life. Now, as time goes by, technology continues to assist humankind in reaching ever new heights.

Although our rapid advancements in technology were nothing short of amazing, they came with a cost. Intensified human activity has placed nature, and the environment at risk. For hundreds of years we have used the resources that surround us, while not fully understanding the extent of the damage we have been causing to the planet. Now, to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wealth and beauty of our planet without compromising quality of life, we need to find a far better way to support the environment and sustain human existence! But where… and what is it?

Just BioFiber has the answer for the built environment—by rethinking how we build and allowing natural biological functions to convert and store greenhouse gases in natural plant materials and then using those plant materials in our permanent building structures. This application of natural biological fiber has the potential to remove and sequester vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Also, the increased insulation and thermal capacity qualities of our sustainable building materials further reduce the energy required to heat and cool these buildings.

Just BioFiber Structural Solutions Corporation is a Canadian company, registered in Alberta, which has developed a unique, renewable, and sustainable building construction system that not only offers cost savings from energy efficiency for building owners and operators, but also addresses climate change by absorbing the greenhouse gas—carbon dioxide. The Super SSR (Structural, Sustainable, R-Value) building system consists of natural fiber construction blocks that are designed to be strong and safe, with excellent thermal qualities that also offer ease of construction and finishing.

The system utilizes the industrial hemp plant as the base material for its building blocks. Hemp is a sustainable, renewable, carbon dioxide absorbing, temperature and drought resistant crop that provides a new opportunity for farm income diversification. Did you know that before the blocks are even produced, the reduction of carbon dioxide in the environment already begins? A one hectare of hemp crop will consume over 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually while the plants grow, 4 times more than a hectare of mature trees in a forest.

The preferred hemp and lime formulation make the Super SSR building material organic and bio-recyclable. The structural, modular blocks are designed to be simple and very builder friendly—as easy as building with Lego. In addition, the production process of the blocks allows us to capture and reuse heat and water that otherwise would be wasted. How? The carbon dioxide and water from the combustion waste of natural gas is integrated into the fabrication process. Beyond “carbon neutral” the resultant “carbon less-than-zero” building construction materials will significantly reduce energy requirements in buildings for heating and cooling, and lower operating costs. The result is a very affordable building construction system that sequesters more greenhouse gas than is emitted in its production, all with very low embodied energy.

The SSR block system has a strong vertical load bearing compression strength. Testing has also shown that the blocks are very fire resistant and able to withstand a 940°C fire for over 1 hour and maintain its structural integrity. The system also has exceptional thermal resistance, with a value up to R40, allowing it to regulate temperature and humidity while retaining heat. It has excellent acoustic properties, and is capable of capturing 130 Kg of carbon dioxide per cubic meter. The system also provides healthier indoor air quality due to its breathable, non-toxic, vapor permeable, insect and mold resistant walls. The buildings built with the Super SSR building system will continue to sequester carbon, increasing in strength as it does this for up to 100 years and lasting well beyond.

Because of the patented design and material qualities, the Super SSR blocks produce safe, strong buildings that will protect you from wind, rain, snow, heat, cold, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, insects, mold and even fire. Super SSR blocks are not just exceptional building materials, they also promote “green building”, “green living”, and environmental justice.

The market for new construction of wall systems for both residential and commercial buildings is estimated at 4.2 billion dollars in Canada, 49.5 billion dollars in the United States and 1.237 trillion dollars in China. A potential U.S. and Canadian market opportunity of only 1% would require the production of 2.3 million blocks per month with a sales value of over 500 million dollars per year.  Transparency Market Research studies projected the Green Building Materials Market is to reach 243.77 billion American dollars by 2019.

Our market differentiation pertaining to carbon sequestration, energy efficiency, fire resistance and acoustical properties places Just BioFiber in a unique position to capture market share quickly.

As an initial market focus, Just BioFiber is looking to target segments of the market in Western Canada that have shown interest in:

1. Commercial demising walls where building code requires a 1 hour fire rating

2. Commercial exterior wall systems for buildings where operating costs of heating and cooling are directly related to property valuation

3. Residential exterior wall systems where cost and ease of construction are paramount in bottom-line profitability. We can meet these specific demands and improve upon energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sound attenuation,  adding substantial value.

Just BioFiber’s Super SSR building system is ultimately the most sustainable building system on the market; it absorbs carbon dioxide, provides healthier and more economical living and working environments and yields excellent opportunities for investment.

The Super SSR building system is the first viable sustainable building product and a worthy investment in environmental justice.

Permaculture. Sustainable Food Production. Natural Building. Education. Community.