Rob AvisOwner / Lead Instructor / Engineer

After pursuing international training and certifications in renewable energy and regenerative design I, along with my wife and business partner Michelle, began Verge Permaculture, now a globally-recognized and award-winning design, consulting, and education company. Since then, we’ve helped more than 1000 students and a growing number of clients to design and/or create integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land.

In keeping with Verge’s mission to grow the permaculture groundswell, I am a popular and in-demand public speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses. I have been invited to guest lecture at the University of Calgary and Olds College, presented at conferences across the globe (including the International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan 2011, and Permaculture Voices in California 2013), and taught workshops in partnership with non-profits such as Green Calgary and Solar Alberta.

Our consulting firm, Adaptive Habitat is a property design & project management firm that creates resilient homes, acreages and farms for landowners, preserving tangible and enduring wealth by integrating innovative technology, engineered solutions and ecological design.

I act as a trusted adviser and designer for our clients, collaborating in a highly tailored, creative process that can extend all the way from site evaluation and purchase to design, project implementation & support. We deliver havens that produce their own energy and food, harvest water, cycle nutrients, and restore the surrounding ecosystems, enabling property owners to thrive no matter what.

With technical expertise in engineering, passive solar building, renewable energy, water harvesting, agroecological design and project management, I simplify complex problems for owner-builders and move them from uncertainty to clarity in determining the best-fit option for their buildings and property layout.

 

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