Practical Sustainability: From Conventional to Load-bearing Strawbale

There are those of us that live on the extremes of the building spectrum. Conventional building is a mess of pink fiberglass insulation and paint filled with chemicals. Off-grid load-bearing strawbale construction is highly sustainable, but not a lifestyle option for many. So, how do we move more people into using natural, reused, and recycled materials?

I have spent my career injecting sustainable elements into conventional design and construction. I have re-built a home from 1898. I have constructed an off-grid conventionally built home with sustainable elements. I have built a container house that was partially off-grid. And I have built an off-grid load-bearing strawbale home.

In this talk, I’ll share with you the lessons I’ve learned about how to improve the sustainability of your design and construction, so that you can find the right place for you (or your clients) on the spectrum between the two extremes.
Relevance: All Hands In requires ALL HANDS IN – not just people who want to come to conferences like this one. If we’re going to make a change for the planet and our health, we need to figure out how to incorporate sustainability into mainstream design and construction.

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Mar 27 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am




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