The Live Lessons Began April 28th, 2017
Recordings for all of the live lessons are available.
The live lessons are every Friday at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern starting on April 28th.
More details are listed under the course curriculum below.
Learn From Our Mistakes
Honestly, we have made every mistake. My greenhouse in my backyard is the ultimate experiment. I designed it while working as a passive solar house designer and I applied a ton of my ideas in house design into the greenhouse which seemed like a good idea but they all backfired. It is the best thing I have ever done as I have learned more through these mistakes than I could have if I had done it "right" the first time. The three major mistakes are
Lack of ventilation - this is fixed now but caused major crop loss every year.
An Overhang - originally designed to reduce overheating in the summer but it also cuts out light input which stops plants growing in the summer.
Building a greenhouse on a concrete slab - This prevents my greenhouse from going 4 seasons. I still stand behind this decision as it is not my concrete pad to jack hammer up but I am never building a greenhouse on concrete again.
With over 20 years of combined experience in engineering, project management, ecological design and sustainable technologies, Rob and his wife Michelle Avis own & operate Adaptive Habitat – a unique and leading edge property design and management company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
As skilled Professional Engineers, they offer a depth of practical expertise in building science and appropriate technology (solar, wind, combined heat & power), as well as rainwater harvesting, agro-ecology, ecosystem engineering, soil regeneration and onsite wastewater treatment / septic design.
Their extensive project management experience includes site analysis, technical design, cost estimating and scheduling, through to commissioning and construction.
Both hold a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, interned at the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark, and co-founded Verge Permaculture in 2008, now an internationally-recognized & award-winning regenerative design, consulting, and education centre.
The first lesson begins April 28th at 5pm Pacific time, 8pm Eastern time. These are weekly lessons however you will have access to all the study material and additional videos as well as discussion and question board throughout the course.
Each lesson is recorded and made available to watch again or if you missed a lesson so that you can learn at your own pace if needed.
Who Should Take This Online Course?
This course is geared towards those who want independence and resilience in their lives. This is a DESIGN course. This means you will be designing a structure to be built. Whether you are just getting started and want to grow your own food or you are a full on permaculture enthusiast, this course, taught by professional engineer Rob Avis, will give you the tools you need to design your own passive solar greenhouse. Of course, thanks to the plans available during this course, you can call a local civil engineer or carpenter to build your greenhouse and enjoy this new lifestyle!
Everyone can agree that owning a home, aside from being a long-lasting financial investment, is also the foundation upon which one builds their life. Why not make it count as a twofold investment by boosting your quality of life to the next level? The addition of a passive solar greenhouse can help you do just that. With a little effort, you can lower your overall energy cost and reduce your grocery bills at the same time!
What This Course Has to Offer
The Passive Solar Greenhouse course contains everything you need to know about passive solar greenhouses! The best information and tools are provided so that you may create your own oasis and abundant lifestyle with Passive Solar Greenhouses.
We will be heavily using the Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Tool developed by Rob Avis. You will get access to this tool and it is the main tool used and learned during this course.
Greenhouse Design Tool
The Greenhouse Design Tool does the following: The tool translates your goals, your climatic conditions and your design decisions into actionable information that you can use to reduce your heat loss, understand your power requirements, optimize the thermal mass in the building and design artificial light systems and subterranean heating and cooling systems.
You can check out the Demonstration Version of the Design Tool Here.
There are some system requirements for this course so that you can use the Tool.
We have a Demonstration Version of the Tool available here.
You can use this demonstration version to verify that it will work on your system.
All the required information to master the conception and construction of an abundant greenhouse. You will be given the tools, and taught how to use these tools, to understand exactly what you need for your passive solar greenhouse. You will also have the opportunity to get the full plans in both PDF and CAD. If you are an experienced builder you can use these CAD plans yourself or if you are not a builder these CAD plans will save you a bundle with your builder.
I have learned a lot over the years from constant trial and error. In this process I have come up with what I believe to be the perfect passive solar greenhouse design. I will share everything I have learned with you including:
Full Passive Solar Greenhouse Plans
The Greenhouse Plans are Adaptive Habitat's latest version of our greenhouse. It combines a passive solar greenhouse, commercial kitchen and root cellar into one package. It takes all of our learnings in the last 10 years and applies it into one structure. To have us customize this greenhouse would literally cost over $10,000.
Community and Expert Support
With your enrollment into this course you get access to our community portal which allows you to ask questions directly to our team and Rob himself as well as connect, discuss and collaborate with other participants. You will also have the opportunity to join in on each of the six live consultation question and answer sessions.
Over the past five years I have watched Rob and Michelle build Verge Permaculture from the ground up and I am proud to say that Verge Permaculture is now one of North America's premier permaculture design and education companies.
- Geoff Lawton
If you want to schedule an event with them, or just attend one, I recommend them very, very highly.
- Toby Hemenway
Rob and Michelle truly inspired me in so many ways. It's their passion for social change, that keeps me inspired to keep on given er'.
- Curtis Stone
Rob & Michelle - I'm proud of your work and your vision. What a delight to see young people like you embrace and then lend your savvy talents to this movement.
- Joel Salatin
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