Ecological building and Just Biofiber

Ecological building workshop series
with Just Biofiber building system

2 weeks of workshops and special events for builders and professionals on the cutting edge of sustainable building.

What if the health and simplicity of natural buildings could be joined with the performance demands of high efficiency commercial buildings? This summer we will introduce a new building product made of hemp: Just BioFiber blocks promise a simple and fast building process.

About Just Biofiber 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

ecological designEcological Design and construction
Tues-Sat, July 31-Aug 4

Facilitators:  Elke Cole and guests

Topics include:

  • Designing relationship to land and climate
  • Wall systems for health and sustainability
  • Design for Energy performance
  • Permits and Professional Support
  • Passive solar design
  • Innovative Systems for a sustainable village
  • Introduction of JustBioFiber products and methodology
  • First hands-on sessions for blocks

 Part of this course is the special event:

Designers and Professionals on ecological design

hemp blocksBuilding with hemp blocks: hands-on with Just BioFiber
Tues.-Sat., August 7-11

For people who learn by doing: We will be building the walls of OUR new office with Just Biofiber blocks. Get your hands-on learning of this new system.

Learn how to install doors/windows, connect to foundation and roof, and handle electrical installation.

In presentations and discussions we’ll cover related topics like:

Permitting Natural Buildings, good detailing for JBF blocks, finishing options

This workshop includes an Afternoon with Building inspectors and a Professional development day “Everything Just Bio-Fiber”

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Special Event:

Designers and Professionals on ecological design
Thursday, Aug.2, 2018


10-10:30: Project Intro by Elke Cole 

10:30-11:00: General Q&A with Michael DeChamplaine from JBF

11-11:45: Jack Anderson , Anderson GreenPlan: Ecological Design and JBF

12:30-1:30       LUNCH

2:30-3:30: Gord Baird : Designing Rainwater harvesting solutions

4:00-5:00 Mike Geldreich   Power to the People – Designing your site for solar and solar systems

This day is aimed at professionals , students and homeowners to present an introduction to the topics.

Attention Planning professionals and Inspectors:

You are invited to an Educational afternoon about the Just Biofiber technology and Ecological building at OUR Ecovillage demonstration site

Thur., August 9, 12:30 -4:30

We begin with Lunch at OUR Zero Mile Eatery and continue with Builders and workshop participants.

Visit our building site to understand the new building technique hands-on.

In a classroom session we explore the technology and discuss the topic of permitting alternative construction.

Please email us if you are interested in attending this event.


“Everything JUST BIOFIBER” and a panel on “Permits for ecological/ natural buildings”

Professional development Day – for builders, planners and engineers

Learn from Building Inspectors, Just BioFiber Representatives and get  your questions answered.


10-12:  Site Visit and  Q&A session:  come and meet builders and JBF owners and key stakeholders.

12:30-1:30  LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 Panel discussion: Permitting Natural Buildings – with regulators, builders, and engineers

3:00 – 4:00 Reception with panel representatives

About O.U.R. Ecovillage

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

Meet the experts (more coming.....)

Elke Cole at OUR Ecovillage

Elke Cole is one of Canada’s first cob builders. She brings rich experience of building and teaching on 4 continents. As architectural designer and natural builder she has played a key role in the development of O.U.R. Ecovillage. Find out more about Elke on her website.

Elke co-manages the ‘Closing the loop on healthy and affordable housing project’ and is the leader of OUR ecological building team. Contact her at

Gord BairdGord Baird is one half of the Eco-Sense home co-created with his partner Ann eight years ago. Their project has achieved international attention for the sustainability initiatives they have done in earthen building including Petal Recognition for the Living Building Challenge. They have done ground-breaking research and helped change policy. Gord’s book on composting toilets will be is published later this year.

Gord is one of the leading experts working with OUR team on ‘Closing the loop on healthy and affordable housing’.

Learn natural finishes

Complement your Just Biofiber courses with a workshop on natural finishes and clay sculpture with Athena Steen

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Call us during our business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm PST at 1-250-743-3067