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Testimony about one of our strawbale homes in the snow

Attached are some photos taken this AM of the house - 3-4" of snow which is pretty good for Campo. Low 20's outside at night. Interior drops to 72 when the woodstove is cold or overnight, and the whole house heats quite uniformly. We haven't used the mini-split heater. I know I harp on this, but such performance is remarkable. This house is just so damn easy to live in

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Straw-clay workshop 2/16/19

Learn about building with straw-clay at this hands-on workshop. Straw-clay is a method of filling in a wall with a mixture of straw and clay that, once dry, is good insulation and creates a surface you can plaster right over. It is a non-toxic, versatile, and user-friendly way to add natural insulation to any space.

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Strawbale Building Hands-on Workshop 2/9/19

There are still a few spots left for the Strawbale Building Workshop we will be teaching at Terra Corazon Farm in Valley Center on Sat., Feb 9, 2019, as part of the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute’s new Natural Building Program. This will be a fun day spent in a relaxed and safe environment learning …

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SD County drops fees for ADUs / guest houses!

More good news about building an ADU (aka guest house, granny flat): the County of San Diego has followed the City’s lead and reduced permitting fees for ADUs! The County allows an ADU to be added to any property with an existing house (as long as you meet certain zoning regulations). A detached ADU can …

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Saving the world with carbon-smart materials like straw

It sounds far-fetched at first, but building with straw and other bio-based, carbon-sequestering materials can help fight climate change. We can go beyond “doing less harm” with building, we can actually do some good. Check out this chart from Architecture 2030’s Carbon-Smart Materials Palette showing that straw bales not only cause less carbon dioxide to …

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Earthbag workshop Sept 29, now Sat only!

Earthbag Hands-on 1-day Workshop Sat, Sept 29, 2018, Campo, CA Learn about earthbag building from trained professionals in a fun and supportive environment while helping to build a real project. During this one day workshop, you will learn the whys and hows of this low-impact, sustainable building technique and have a chance to put that …

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