Tag: natural building

Thoughts on begrudgingly coming to love lime plaster

When I consider what plaster to use, I always think of clay plaster first. I love clay plaster, it has so much going for it. In terms of minimizing environmental impact and carbon footprint, you cannot beat clay plaster. It is minimally processed, needs no additives, and can be sourced locally. Building well with straw …

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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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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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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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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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Straw Bale Tiny Accessory Building – coming in 2017!

Here’s a fun animation of a 120 square foot tiny hybrid straw bale and straw-clay building that we’ve designed. We’re planning to build this one in northern San Diego County in 2017 and will have a number of workshops during the construction. We’re still working out the details but, if you are interested and would like to …

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