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It's interesting where life takes you, and how credentials and experience blend.
We have been lucky to work in various fields over the years, starting in robotics and instrumentation, and advanced modelling and AI. We have spent years in test labs, involved with or running various experiments on fuel cell engines, implantable circuitry, and advanced positioning sensor systems.
About 10 years ago we decided to follow our passion in energy systems, and jumped over to solar thermal heating systems. From there we advanced into passive solar and solar mass design. We jumped into cob building and straw bale wall assemblies, eventually doing grant funded collaborative work showing the real-world performance of alternative wall systems in a Canadian climate. In 2010 the ASRi group released the Alternative Solution Resource Initiative technical guide for straw bale wall assemblies, as related to the fulfillment of the BC Building Code - and GoodvinDesigns was the lead writer and researcher.
Around 2014 we took our permaculture design training with Verge Permaculture, and expanded our repertoire of natural materials to hempcrete. We applied our knowledge and experience with cob and straw bale and adapted some of the building principles towards understanding the use of hempcrete as infill in Canadian wall assemblies. To date we have consulted or built multiple hempcrete tiny homes, hempcrete greenhouses, hempcrete outhouses, and a hempcrete dome. In the process we have applied out engineering training in alternative wall assemblies to understanding the material behaviour and properties, becoming an expert in hempcrete application.
Currently we work with multiple construction materials and systems, from hempcrete to AAC, to clay, consulting on best practice.