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Natural Building Videos

Welcome to the Fermata Library of Natural Building Videos. Enjoy the show…

This is a cool little natural building video we shot recently in Hillsburg, Ontario. It captures the first firing of the Everdale Outdoor Cob Oven after we rebuilt it and restored it to active service. The cob oven performs a key role in the frequent elementary student field trips to Everdale, as well as providing yet another way for Everdale residents to prepare their food!

A simple, single chamber cob oven, the Everdale oven now performs admirably after undergoing a major restoration. Just think of us as the Maytag Repair Guys of the natural construction world!

One of our favorite Canadian natural building videos “The Cob House” is one of Stanley Park Ecology Society‚Äôs most innovative and successful fundraising initiatives. Built in 2004 by volunteers set on producing an environmentally sustainable community art project, the house is made entirely of straw, clay, sand, and reclaimed materials and topped with a living roof. The Cob House creation team included UBC Civil Engineering and the BCIT Green Roof Research Facility and many volunteers. The structure set a precedent for the use of cob in urban areas and in fact, it won the first-ever Innovation Award from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

Over 200 volunteers of all ages participated, contributing thousands of hours to construct the whimsical and impactful Cob House.

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture