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CASBA Straw Bale Building Conference 4/21 – 4/24/16

The California Straw Building Association invites you to attend our annual conference. This year’s conference celebrates CASBA’s 20th anniversary and the amazing progress we’ve made bringing straw bale and other forms of natural, low-carbon building to life. Join this diverse range of building experts gathering to share, discuss, and collaborate. There will be presentations, tours, panel discussion, and hands-on demonstrations, all set against the beautiful backdrop of spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain.

Simple Construct will be there presenting “Buddhists, Bales, and Building Science;” participating in a panel discussion on Plaster, Moisture, and Durability; and showing our recent work. We hope to see you there!

More info and registration here.

Tour the straw bale buildings at the Deer Park Monastery 10/4/15

A rare opportunity to tour the new straw bale buildings at the Deer Park Buddhist Monastery

Four curved straw bale buildings wrap around a central courtyard. A covered breezeway made of reclaimed timber connects them.  With graceful super-insulated
straw bale walls and passive solar orientation, these buildings will help the Sisters live comfortably in-tune with nature. Natural ventilation, efficient heating and cooling systems, greywater and rainwater systems, and a large PV array give these buildings a lighter footprint.

We are proud to have been part of this remarkable project and invite you to tour the site as part of the USGBC’s annual Green Homes Tour. With 9 sites on this year’s Tour, there is sure to be something of interest to everyone. See the brochure for more infoTourDP

This may be your only chance to tour these buildings at Deer Park. Three of them will be the private residences for the nuns and one will be Thich Nhat Hanh’s home when he visits, so once they are completed, they will not be open to the public. Please join us on Sunday Oct 4 for a chance to tour of these lovely buildings.

We hope to see you there!
Rebecca & Mike, Simple Construct

 

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Tour de Bale – straw bale home tour May 31st

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the Tour! 160+ people at 12 straw bale houses!


 

Tour de Bale – straw bale home tour in San Diego

Sunday, May 31, 2015, noon-4pm at locations all over San Diego County

 

Experience for yourself some of the beautiful, efficient, & natural straw bale buildings in San Diego County!

Straw bale homes are unique, energy-efficient, and healthier for people and for the environment. They are more fire-proof than conventional houses and perform well in earthquakes. San Diego County is home to more than 56 permitted straw bale buildings in a variety of sizes and styles. On Sunday May 31st, join the self-guided Tour de Bale and visit straw bale homes in locations near you including:

  • San Diego
  • Fallbrook
  • Jamul
  • Vista
  • Poway
  • Borrego Springs

Knowledgable homeowners, owner-builders, builders, designers, architects, and CASBA volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about this wonderful way to build.

Registration is $10 per individual, couple, or family. This fee covers the cost associated with the tour and any profit will go to the the California Straw Building Association.

Get your tickets here.

More info:

www.tourdebale.com

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volunteer opportunities

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THE WORKDAYS ARE NOW FULL, NO MORE REGISTRATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED.

The dates for the workdays have been released and the few remaining spots will fill up fast.

There will be 3 workdays where you can to volunteer to help stack bales and apply clay plasters, coming up this winter at the Deer Park Monastery in Escondido. The workdays will be run by the Monastery and may fill up quickly.

For info on future events like these, join our email list (click the envelope button at the bottom of the page).

Wanted: Public Space for Clay Plaster

We are looking to partner with the owners of public spaces (stores, galleries, spas, etc) to put clay plaster where people can see and touch it. The unique beauty of clay plaster is hard to capture in photographs or text, people need to be able to see and touch it to fully appreciate it.

If you own or run a space that is open to the public and would like to have clay plaster in your venue, we’d like to hear from you. We may be able to create a mutually beneficial opportunity: significantly discounted beautiful clay plaster for you, advertising for us.

Email us at info@simpleconstruct.net or call 619-342-6709. Thank you.

toxic drywall

Why build differently? In a global economy with different rules in different countries, it's hard to be sure what is or isn't in commercially available building products. The case of the tainted Chinese drywall is extreme but highlights how little we know about what we are building with unless we carefully trace origin and content.

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houses shrink, satisfaction grows

According to recent consumer studies, some homeowners are beginning to prefer smaller homes.  The old mantra of “reduce – reuse- recycle” starts with the idea of first using less.  This is very encouraging news!

Houses Shrink But Buyer Satisfaction Grows– read the Journal of Light Construction report here: http://www.jlconline.com/cgi-bin/jlconline.storefront/EN/UserTemplate/69?c=f61e699980645ddc392f18354d154793 (scroll down to the second section of the article).