2020 Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference

The Natural Building Alliance presents the 2020 Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference.  This will be our first conference outside of Colorado.  Come join us in Beautiful Moab, Utah, the home of Community Rebuilds and endless recreation opportunities.  The event will be held at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center Thursday, March 26th through Sunday 29th

The theme of the conference is “All Hands In”.  This theme recognizes and celebrates the fact that everything that all of us are doing is important and awesome, and that we can work together to make it even more awesome. 

Our Keynote Speaker for the event with be Chris Magwood of the Endeavour Centre, from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  He will be exploring if Natural Builders are Climate Heroes.

The conference program will include podium presentations, breakout sessions, and round-tables, and will also feature a generous variety of outdoor, hands-on workshops, and jovial after-hours gatherings.  And don’t forget… it’s Moab!  We encourage everyone to arrive early or stay late and enjoy this amazing corner of Planet Earth.

Online registration for the conference is available at special Early Bird rates until January 15th.  Space at the venue is limited, so sign up before it fills up!  You can pay via your PayPal account, a credit card via “Stripe”, through the Natural Building Alliance website, or by mailing a good ol’ fashioned check.  Tickets are also available through Eventbrite on our Natural Building Alliance Facebook page.  If you’re an existing NBA member, please email us for a discount coupon code.

We can wait to see you there!

Peace, Love, Straw, and Mud,

Your NBA Board9

Call for proposals

We are seeking presentation and workshop proposals for the conference.  Click the link below for more information and proposal forms.  We plan to have several “breakout”presentations and/or discussions in the three rooms provided at the MARC, similar to our conferences in the past. This year, we also plan to have multiple on-site or off-site hands-on workshops, which could occur during the conference or perhaps a day before or after.

Conference vendors and sponsorship

Here is an opportunity to step up and help us put on this conference. 

Vendor Benefits

  • One complimentary Registration
  • Presentation table to display your business or organization's services

Sponsor Benefits

  • One complimentary Registration
  • Presentation table to display your business or organization's services
  • Logo added to the conference website, event program and other promotional items
  • Acknowledgment during opening address

Conference schedule

Thursday March 26
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Registration/Check-in
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Living Building Challenge
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Break
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 5×5 Presentation
Friday March 27
8:00 am - 8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 am Permaculture & Policy
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Tadelakt Tile Making
10:00 am - 11:00 am Integrated Water Harvesting
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Utah’s First Living Buildings
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EcoVillage Development in the U.S
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Break
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Floor stomp Paaaarty
Saturday March 28
8:00 am - 8:45 am Breakfast
9:30 am - 10:30 am Vernacular Wisdom
9:30 am - 10:30 am The Palletable Cobin
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Book Signing, Vending, Networking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Break
Sunday March 29
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Home Tour
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General Admission Ticket $250

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  • Chris Magwood
    Chris Magwood

    Chris Magwood of the Endeavour Centre, and Builders for Climate Action will Keynote our 2020 Conference! If ya don’t know already, Mr. Magwood is an expert in low-embodied energy, carbon-capture construction, and a pillar of the international natural building community.


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