Building Materials

  • top 10 natural building materialsNatural building offers a way to construct a home with renewable, naturally occurring and locally available materials, as opposed to industrial or man-made products. Many of these materials are available throughout the world, so the costs and pollution associated with the transportation of these materials across the country falls. Using natural materials also reduce toxins in the home. As a bonus, many of these methods are energy efficient, inexpensive and easy to build with little construction knowledge
  • Building a cob oven - Cob Ovens are a relatively inexpensive way to bake, with all the benefits of wood-fire such as a hot hearth. 
  • CLAYTEC - Baustoffe aus Lehm (in German)
  • Cordwood Construction - A log home building method using renewable resources and time honored techniques by Richard Flatau
  • Houses of Straw - A Film about the old, and new building material strawbales. A house in Lower Saxony it observed during the building process, further examples of strawbale houses explain techniques. In interviews with owners, builders, architects and experts a lot of important questions are discussed.
  • the TIPI Kingdom - For Workshops, Seminars, Survival Camps, Riding Schools, Kindergarten, Youth Centers… or just for your garden! Living in the Tipi” with Open Fire, Cooking, Singing, Relaxing, Meditation, Music
  • building with PAPERCRETE - Papercrete is just what it sounds like actually.  It’s concrete made with paper. It’s inexpensive to make, amazingly sturdy, lightweight and insulating. 
  • I wrapped my house in straw - A straw bale builder turns an ugly old, energy-eating house into a cozy, efficient home with a unique straw bale retrofit process.
  • INBAR - International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
  • Lehm und Holz - Bauen mit Lehm - heute kein Problem (in German)
  • Lehmbau - Ein Jahrhunderte alter, zuverlässiger und zeitgemäßer Baustoff (in German)
  • inspiration green - Masonry heaters that incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves that act as masonry heaters, for small homes or areas within a home. 
  • the Ancient Secret of Indestructible Concrete - The Romans made concrete by mixing lime and volcanic rock. For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms.
  • Sustainable Design Made of Shipping Containers - The WFH concept is a patented modular building system, based on a design principle, using 40 feet high standard modules as structural system and in according to developers the structure can be adapted to local challenges such as climatic or earthquake issues and can be configured to meet many different purposes, multi storey, townhouses, cluster houses or individual villas.
  • The CANELO Project - a small auxiliary building, allowable under the building code without a permit, due to the interior square footage that measures less than 120 square feet,