Resources & Links

 Great Lakes Natural Building Network SBS 
Be part of this regional network, or suggest additions!
Archived version of Great Lakes Natural Building Network .

LOCAL ECO-CONNECTIONS ! 

Natural Building Materials & Strategies including Thatching, Reed, Strawbale, Foundations, Insulation+

Natural Building Resources : Schools, Materials  These were collected from 2003 – 2011.

Educational Materials

Global Ecovillage Project

Collaboratively create a model of an ecological community that is inspiring, fun, and restorative.

How could you integrate renewable energy, organic food production, recycling of wastes, alternative transportation, nature (and more) into an existing or imagined community?

Included is a 3 page activity/evalutation sheet, plus an article & notes from the Social Studies Michigan Journal. For age 8 through adult.

Creating a Career .  What does the world need, that we are uniquely suited to do?

Evolving ideas about finding our “True Work”.

Natural Building Curriculum for Youth .  Outline for short course on natural building.

Climate change grant 2008 . A story describing numerous climate change solutions.

Meaningful Work .   A evolving conversation about sustainable livelyhood

What do I want?  An exercise, in chart form, that explores values from “now to forever”

Information on Michigan Teaching Standards and CEU’s .

“No Child Left Inside” . Links to this movement.

Ecovillages & Natural Building Centers:
denmarkfarm.org.uk    greensparkvt.com    endeavourcentre.org

Social Permaculture   “the art of designing beneficial relationships.”

emily and kerry - draw knife

The Story of Concrete             

 Humanure Composting Book  free download

  Bushcraft Knots ! Fun

Cave Sculpting
Ted Talk:  Building More Than Homes, by Chris Rheinhart, Bloomington, IL.
(Includes Open-source Ecology & Micro-Housing.

Permaculture.
Designing land forms.  Penny Livingston Permaculture 101, 3 min

RECOMMENDED BOOKS: 

The Art of Natural Building- Design, Construction, Resources  Thatching Article and photos by Deanne Bednar  Edited by Joseph E. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith and Catherine Wanek

This comprehensive introduction to the natural building field is for lay people, architects, and designers who wish to build beautiful, low-cost, and environmentally-sensible structures. From straw bale and cob, to recycled concrete and salvaged materials, this anthology of articles from leaders in the field focuses on both the practical and the esthetic concerns of ecological building designs and techniques. Profusely illustrated and packed with resources.

The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes  Article and picture of the Strawbale Studio by Carolyn Koch. 
by Bill and Athena Steen

The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes is an extremely beautiful, well-written, and informative book. The photographs are elegant and awe inspiring. If you’ve been thinking about building a straw bale home, this book is a great place to look for creative design ideas. The Steens have also provided valuable information on earthen plasters, wall finishes, moisture, and ways to retrofit a home with straw bales in this delightful gem of a book.

 The Hand-Sculpted House

~ A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building with Cob

    Illustrated by Deanne Bednar

The Cobber’s Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home   [Michael G. Smith, Illustrator: Deanne Bednar]

The Art of Natural Building- Design, Construction, Resources  with an article & pictures on Thatching the Strawbale Studio – by Deanne Bednar

Edited by Joseph E. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith and Catherine WanekThis comprehensive introduction to the natural building field is for lay people, architects, and designers who wish to build beautiful, low-cost, and environmentally-sensible structures. From straw bale and cob, to recycled concrete and salvaged materials, this anthology of articles from leaders in the field focuses on both the practical and the esthetic concerns of ecological building designs and techniques. Profusely illustrated and packed with resources.

More Straw Bale Building : A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw
by Chris Magwood and Peter Mack

Despite growing interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on “selling” the dream of straw bale building, but don’t adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. More Straw Bale Building is designed to fill this gap. It leads the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure, tackling all the practical issues: finding and choosing bales; developing sound building plans; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance; and special concerns for builders in northern climates.

Serious Straw Bale: A Construction Guide for All Climates
by Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron

This book provides the metaphorical nuts and bolts of straw bale construction for homes and other buildings. Unlike many other straw bale construction books on the market, this one looks at building design issues from the perspective of straw bale builders and considers the particular needs of the medium. Several different techniques are discussed, focusing much information on the needs of those building in wet and/or cold environments. Many illustrations, some color, and several project profiles demonstrate the theories discussed.

Straw Bale Details A Manual for Designers and Builders
by Chris Magwood and Chris Walker

Straw Bale Details is the perfect book for those who are serious about building with straw. It focuses entirely on the specific design theories and practices that result in well-built, long-lasting bale structures. It extends the range of books like Straw Bale Buildingthrough large, easy-to-read architectural drawings rendered for a wide variety of building options, including load-bearing and post-and-beam designs. A range of foundation, wall, door and window, and roof-plate scenarios is presented, along with notes and possible modifications. Also included are the most recent testing data to help base designer and builder decisions on sound science.

Design of Straw Bale Buildings by Bruce King  The State of the Art details  Serious. This was recommended by Laura Bartells who does this professionally.