speaker-info

Rob Avis

Verge Permaculture

New Society Publishers

vergepermaculture.ca/

Engineer and ecologist Rob Avis is the co-owner and operator of Adaptive Habitat (a leading-edge property design firm for resilient homes, acreages, and farms) and Verge Permaculture (a globally recognized, award-winning education business). He counts more than 15 years of experience in project management, ecological design, and sustainable technologies. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Rob will be speaking at the Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland Fairs

Workshops

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Resilient Homes and Homesteads: A permaculture engineer’s perspective

Engineer, ecologist, and permaculture designer Rob Avis shares the high-level process he uses with clients to design homesteads and farms that leverage and interact with the environment in which they’re built, producing their own energy and food, harvesting and storing water, cycling nutrients, and restoring the surrounding ecosystems. He talks about how he combines setting goals, making informed observations of the landscape, and incorporating appropriate innovative technology (such as building envelope design and annualized geo-solar) with environmental consciousness to create resilient, high-performance homes and farms.

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
Texas, Workshop time to be determined
North Carolina, Workshop time to be determined
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined

Is Rainwater Safe to Harvest and Drink?

Although demand for and awareness of the need for rainwater use has increased in North America, debates continue about its safety. On one hand, North American regulators and some technical associations suggest or require that rainwater be sterilized or chlorinated before its use in the home. (The considerable cost and complexity creates an increased barrier to the widespread adoption of home-scale rainwater capture and use.) On the other hand, and on the other side of the world, more than 3 million Australians use rainwater for drinking, and 6.3 million use rainwater for some other household use. (Few of these systems use end-of-line sterilization or disinfection, and there have been no epidemics from rainwater use in Australia.) In this presentation, Rob Avis talks about this dichotomy, and he summarize the best practices for rainwater harvesting system design derived from a large body of independent research. He also explains why good design and sensible maintenance practices can deliver drinking-quality water, without the need for sterilization or disinfection.

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
Texas, Workshop time to be determined
North Carolina, Workshop time to be determined
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined

Designing the Sustainable Property of Your Dreams

Our planet's in trouble, and land stewards large and small are rising to meet the challenge of the accelerating ecological, financial, energy, and health problems we are facing globally. However, many feel overwhelmed by the challenge of designing and managing land in a way that is ecologically regenerative, financially sustainable, and actually enjoyable. The root cause of this problem isn’t lack of information or skills, it’s the struggle to manage complexity. In this one-day workshop, engineer, ecologist, and permaculture designer Rob Avis shares the 5-step process and associated design tools for Google Earth developed by his consulting team and based on more than two decades of experience. This workshop provides you with a firm grasp on a unique, tested, and proven process to help break through confusion and start designing (and creating) the sustainable property of your dreams.

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
Texas, Workshop time to be determined
North Carolina, Workshop time to be determined
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined