Eco-Sense, as they call their homestead, has become internationally recognized as one of the most sustainable homes on the planet, being the first to earn Living Building Challenge recognition in 2010. The two story load bearing cob home incorporates living roofs, rainwater collection, grey water systems, compost toilets, solar PV for electricity, solar thermal for hot water, and a regenerated a damaged landscape that now provides 100% of their fruits and veggies all year round… all from on top of the rock. Their home has been the focus of over 200 media publications from TV, documentaries, radio, and magazines, multiple master’s theses, and as one of the year long features in the Royal BC Museum’s Free Spirit exhibition.
Gord’s formal education is experimental (neural) psychology and business (accounting). His practical education has derived from just doing it. From electrical, mechanical, construction, horticultural, and sanitation.
Gord wears many hats: The President of the BC Fruit Tester’s Association Co-owner of the Eco-Sense Nursery specializing in food forestry Accredited Potable Rainwater designer and installer Vice Chair for the CRD Regional Water Supply Commissioner for JDF Water Distribution Commission Former technical editor for the Province of BC’s Ministry of Health’s regulations on composting toilets and greywater systems Co-Author (along with Ann) of the book Essential Composting Toilets Municipal Councillor for the District of Highlands (along with his wife Ann) Consultant on water policy
He approaches every project with an integrated perspective of food, water, shelter and sustainability.