Tag: sustainable building

Wakeham Strawbale Home on the USGBC Green Homes Tour Oct 22

For the 5th year in a row, one of our projects has been selected for the San Diego Green Building Council’s Green Homes Tour! Join us in Solana Beach to tour the Wakeham Strawbale Home. Many of you visited this home during the construction at our Open House-in-Process event, now come and see it finished! …

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Deer Park Monastery New Nunnery

The straw bale buildings at Deer Park Monastery nominated for an Orchid Award

The straw bale buildings we helped build for the Deer Park Buddhist Monastery in Escondido were nominated for an Orchid award in the 2016 “Orchids & Onions” by the San Diego Architecture Foundation.       “Deer Park Monastery- Nun’s Residence The form—based on a traditional Spanish Hacienda embracing a central courtyard with plantings—encourages togetherness …

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Visit San Diego’s Greenest Home!

Join us at San Diego’s Greenest Home on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am – 3 pm as part of the San Diego Green Building Council’s annual Green Homes Tour. This is the 4th year we’ve shown a home in this unique tour that has sites all over San Diego County and it’s a great way …

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Straw Bale Open House-in-Process, 9/11/16

Sunday, September 11th, noon-3pm, The Wakeham Project, Solana Beach, CA A rare opportunity to tour a straw bale house under construction! Come talk with the builders and check out how the straw bales go together to form the walls in this 1600 sq ft, two-story straw bale home designed by Hubbell & Hubbell Architects. This is the …

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“Building Zen” at the USGBC Green Building Conference 9/22/15

September 22 – As part of the 2015 San Diego Green Building Conference, architect Drew Hubbell, Project Manager Ed Earl, and I (Rebecca Tasker) will be presenting Building Zen, an overview of the nearly-completed 6,000 square foot straw bale nuns’ housing at the Deer Park Buddhist Monastery. Join us to hear about this unique project …

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straw bale public housing

The first straw bale public housing project in the United Kingdom is moving forward.  Straw bale building technology fits with low income, subsidized housing because not only can it be affordable to build, the cost of operating a straw bale building can be so much less than a conventional building.  It is time for straw …

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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 …

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