Tag: green building

Limestrong lime plaster training March 14-15

We are excited to announce that we are hosting a training in Limestrong lime plasters at our current job site! These natural, durable plasters are perfect for existing homes as well as new construction. Join Ryan Chivers, owner and formulator of Limestrong Mineral Finishes, for a hands-on lime plaster weekend training at our current project …

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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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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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video from the Excellence in Energy Leadership award 2018

We were honored to receive an Excellence in Energy Leadership award from SDG&E in recognition of our recent Net Zero strawbale project, the Fallgren Home. As part of the award, they made this short video that promotes the project (as well as SDG&E). There is plenty wrong with our current energy system and it’s easy …

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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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