Hempcrete is a natural building material. Energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire.

Hempcrete is a natural building material. Energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire.

'Evolver' is a sculpture erected to view the panorama surrounding Zermatt, Switzerland. It was designed and built in wood by a team of 2nd year architecture students from the ALICE studio at EPFL in Lausanne.

'Evolver' is a sculpture erected to view the panorama surrounding Zermatt, Switzerland. It was designed and built in wood by a team of 2nd year architecture students from the ALICE studio at EPFL in Lausanne.

This oak playhouse, by James O’Keefe, was built with roundwood timbers and waney edged planks and has wild flowers in its green roof. See the step by step construction at www.naturalhomes.org/the-wee-dinky-house.htm

This oak playhouse, by James O’Keefe, was built with roundwood timbers and waney edged planks and has wild flowers in its green roof. See the step by step construction at www.naturalhomes.org/the-wee-dinky-house.htm

natural building with sticks and clay, what a great way for kids to experiment with manipulating materials to realize their architectural visions in a whole new way that also works to foster a deeper connection to nature and inspire innovative thinking with natural materials.

natural building with sticks and clay, what a great way for kids to experiment with manipulating materials to realize their architectural visions in a whole new way that also works to foster a deeper connection to nature and inspire innovative thinking with natural materials.

Massey Burke ’00 uses clay soil, straw, and sand to create small projects with large impact. “Most Americans have never lived in anything truly hand-built,” Burke says. “We are so accustomed to stick-frame structures it has come to seem normal. We don’t realize that most of the world does not live this way, that in most other countries people build with whatever is at hand.”

Massey Burke ’00 uses clay soil, straw, and sand to create small projects with large impact. “Most Americans have never lived in anything truly hand-built,” Burke says. “We are so accustomed to stick-frame structures it has come to seem normal. We don’t realize that most of the world does not live this way, that in most other countries people build with whatever is at hand.”

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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

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"before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel" www.kleiwerks.org

"before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel" www.kleiwerks.org

This is Heidi's cottage, 'Elaman Puu', which means Tree of Life. It's built with a variety of natural building techniques with a rubble trench, earthbag stem walls dressed in stone, birch bark damp-proof membrane beneath the straw bales on the northern walls with cob and cordwood to the south and a reciprocal roof on a roundwood frame. All of the materials were harvested locally. See more at www.naturalhomes.org/treeoflife.htm

This is Heidi's cottage, 'Elaman Puu', which means Tree of Life. It's built with a variety of natural building techniques with a rubble trench, earthbag stem walls dressed in stone, birch bark damp-proof membrane beneath the straw bales on the northern walls with cob and cordwood to the south and a reciprocal roof on a roundwood frame. All of the materials were harvested locally. See more at www.naturalhomes.org/treeoflife.htm

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