Video about a natural building course @ OUR Ecovillage.
Ben has always been a builder. His house is full of things he made when he was younger, from toys to treasure boxes, to furniture. He finished his electrical apprenticeship in Australia in 1997 and ran an electrical contracting company for many years. He had worked on commercial, government and residential jobs in Australia, England and Canada. He started renovating homes in his early 20s and loved the whole experience of transforming spaces. Eventually he started a general contracting business and took on residential and large commercial contracts. After years of building, his body was telling him to reduce my exposure to toxic materials. Though he still enjoyed the work, his health wasn't great (my skin was suffering the most). Also, the misalignment between his values and conventional building was becoming tough to ignore. He started learning everything he could about natural building and got experience with it wherever he could. He immediately started bringing aspects of natural building and permaculture to every job. he uses his mechanical background, natural building techniques and love of community to create artistic built spaces that will keep their inhabitants happy and healthy for generations. All of his projects are completed in collaboration with a team of talented and like-minded creatives and tradespeople.
He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two young children. When he can, he spend Canadian winters in Australia and New Zealand to enjoy building during their summer.