Resources

Looking for more information? There's a lot out there. We've compiled a list of resources, organized by subject. We are regularly updating and adding to this list, so please check back!

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Straw | Cob | Other Natural Walls | Natural Plastering | Natural Timberframing | Natural Roofs | Foundations | Natural Design | Other/General Building Info | Organizations and Networks


Straw Bale

The Last Straw
A mostly-quarterly newsletter devoted to straw bale construction

International Straw Bale Registry
A voluntary, detailed registry of bale structures across the world. Find a straw bale home in your area!

Surfing Straw Bale
One of the larger link resources on the topic of straw bale (though woefully out of date)

Ontario Straw Bale Builders Coalition
Promoting strawbale construction and creating a network of builders.

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Cob

Cob Cottage Company
Cob elders Ianto Evans, Linda Smiley, and company lead workshops and offer information on cob construction.

Cob Workshops
A listing of cob and plaster workshops across North America.

Seven Generations Natural Builders
Seven Generations Natural Builders is a collective of builders and teachers from the far reaches of the US, offering workshops in cob, straw bale, natural wall systems, traditional woodworking permaculture and more.

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Other Natural Wall Systems

Earthbag Construction
OK OK OK Productions - home to all things earthbag

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Natural Plastering and Wall Finishing

The Last Straw - Plasters
Articles written by experts in the field on the subject of eathen plasters.

Tried and True
no voc linseed woodfinish

Sutherland Welles
low voc tung oil finishes

Real Milk Paint Company
Lots of great natural finishes

Limeworks.us
a full-service supply company for professional masonry restoration and sustainable structures. Products include Natural Hydraulic Lime mortars, plasters and paints, and instructional workshops in sustainable building practices.

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Timberframing

Timber Framers Guild
A terrific resource for all things Timber Frame

Fox Maple School of Traditional Buidling
Offers courses in timberframing and natural wall systems

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Natural Roofs

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Foundations

Builder News Magazine - Alternative Foundation Solutions
An interesting article proposing a variety of no- or low-concrete foundation systems.

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Natural Design

ATTRA - Introduction to Permaculture: Concepts and Resources
The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides an in-depth glance at the fundamentals of Permaculture design.

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Other/General Building Information

NESEA Sustainable Homes Tour
Annual tour of sustainably-built homes across the country

Natural Building Resources
NB resources from Cob in Cornwall

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Organizations and Networks

Kleiwerks International
international and domestic natural building trainings, apprentic

Canelo Project
Strawbale and natural building experts in south eastern Arizona

Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Based in Warren, VT, this school features a comprehensive profile of natural building courses as part of its extensive design/build curriculum.

Green Home Building
A content-rich information directory on sustainable desing and natural building.

DCAT - Development Center for Appropriate Technology
Founded by David Eisenberg, DCAT is working to remove barriers to natural building,

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