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Groundwork Series Documentary

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From cob and rammed earth to straw bales and timber – Groundwork Series explores the fascinating world of natural homes and structures across British Columbia.

Meet the builders and homeowners who have decided to use sustainable and natural materials to redefine the concept of home.

Watch the four-part documentary series:

Sculpted by hand from a mixture of clay, sand and straw, building houses out of cob is a full mind and body experience; one that requires patience. But these homes are worth the wait!

Building on ancient traditions, today's timber framers and selective loggers are forging a sustainable future. Visit the people behind some of the most intriguing wooden structures in British Columbia.

It seems counterintuitive that a framework packed with straw bales could create such a sturdy home. In fact, the straw acts as a natural vapour permeable insulation that allows these buildings to breathe.

A rammed earth wall is durable, energy efficient, and made from the most abundant material on the planet. Learn how these builders and homeowners applied this ancient technique to create timeless contemporary homes.