Natural Building

8 Nov

Hello all!  We have a very exciting resource to share today for anyone doing home renovations or building…

A friend of No Waste Wednesdays in Saskatchewan has developed a website dedicated to some of his sustainable building projects.  Here’s an excerpt from a post he wrote about appropriate building methods for all climates…

With the popularity of natural building on the rise the book markets have been flooded with numerous books show casing various buildings that employ the techniques of cob, strawbale and rammed earth construction.  However, most of these are mere collections of photos accompanied by general descriptions of how one ought to go about building with these methods.  The attractive finished projects they present provide plenty of motivation to embark on a natural building adventure but leave you without the practical building details with which you can make your natural building dreams come to life.  I have found few books that stand out among this crowd by offering sufficient practical information.  The one I would like to share with you now is Appropriate Building Materials by Roland Stulz and Kiran Mukerji.

There are many reasons why this book is at the top of my list in the category of natural building.  The first is that it presents natural building as it was originally and that is with local materials.  It is easy to get caught up the dream of building with a certain natural building method but these methods are not sustainable in any location.  Here in Saskatchewan, we have an excess of straw from our large agriculture industry and that combined with its insulative properties make it an excellent building material here in our cold dry climate.  It is not, however, sustainable to ship this straw to home builders in all other parts of the world.  The start of this book introduces the reader to a variety of building materials and their properties.  You can make a list of the resources you have on your building site and in your local community and use this book to learn about possible uses for those products.  Appropriately the most pages in this section are devoted to the analysis and possible uses of the soil found on your site.  The use of a variety of more energy intensive earth stabilizers are described in detail and other building materials like timber, bamboo, plastic and glass etc. are also included.  A complete read through this section will help you approach any site as a free supply of local building materials.

Read more at practically off the grid.
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