Chris Magwood, Executive Director of the Endeavor Centre and Author – Biographies – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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Chris Magwood, Executive Director of the Endeavor Centre and Author

Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt. He co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, and over eight years helped to design and/or build more than 30 homes and commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems.

Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. The school runs three full-time, certificate programs: Sustainable New Construction, Sustainable Renovations and Sustainable Design and hosts many hands-on workshops annually.

Chris has authored numerous books on sustainable building, including Making Better Buildings, More Straw Bale Building and Straw Bale Details. He is co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series, and will have two spring 2016 titles – Essential Hempcrete and Essential Prefabricated Straw Bale Construction. He was also the editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly of straw bale and natural building. He has contributed articles to numerous publications on topics related to sustainable building and maintains a blog entitled “Thoughts on Building.”

In 2005, he started the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program at Fleming College, which ran until 2011.

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally.