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Our new net zero strawbale article is published

Our newest article on high-performance strawbale building is out in this month’s Home Power magazine! The article is all about our recent strawbale project that achieved Net Zero Energy Building certification through the Living Building Challenge. This home will be part of the USGBC’s Green Homes Tour on Oct 21, 2018. Here’s a link to …

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Can construction really be “regenerative”?

At its most basic, construction requires taking a lot of stuff from somewhere and using it to build. It is an inherently destructive and consumptive process: no stuff = no building. Because of this, it is has been hard to imagine truly regenerative construction: building in a way that not only does less harm to our …

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Why are houses in San Diego so unaffordable?

On average in San Diego, it will cost about $500k for an existing house with land or about $200k for land plus $300k for a new house to be built on it: either way it’s a pretty steep climb for many of us. Wondering why you can’t find an affordable home to buy in San …

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Exciting new rules about “guest houses” in San Diego!

Whether you call them guest houses, granny flats, or second dwelling units, there’s some exciting news about them! New legislation passed in CA lifts some of the restrictions around these units, which are now all called Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Two of the most exciting features of the new rules, which went into effect on …

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KPBS features us in a story on strawbale building

Our local public broadcasting station came to our current project at Coral Tree Farm to interview us and learn more about strawbale building. Here’s a link to the story they produced: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/aug/08/straw-bale-homes-san-diego-are-not-just-three-litt/   And in case you are a tickled by the Little Pigs reference, make sure the read the Story of the Fourth Little …

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Workshops for the tiny strawbale building for Coral Tree Farm

We’re excited to be making progress on the 120 sq foot turmeric growing building for Coral Tree Farm. We held three wonderful workshops already (framing, straw bales, and clay base plaster) and are looking forward to the Finish Clay Plaster workshop on 8/12. As of 8/8, there is only one spot left in the finish clay …

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Hands-on Workshops: registration now open

We will be running hands-on workshops to build a tiny straw bale and clay plaster building for Coral Tree Farm in Encinitas this summer. Registration is now open! “Framing a Tiny Building, a Workshop for Women” July 1 & 2, 2017 sold out “Straw Bale Stacking and Plaster Preparation” July 15 & 16, 2017 “Clay Plaster for …

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