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A Natural Building Network — 7 Comments

  1. I was further wondering if, as a part of a Natural Building Network and collection of membership fees, members could somehow be eligible to win a raffle for a naturally built home that would also serve as an opportunity to showcase and document construction?

    This might be a bit far-fetched, but it might also encourage more membership by people who are learning, planning and dreaming of building their own home.

    Perhaps a good design could be voted on by all members, some land purchased, and then a volunteer team could be assembled to complete the build (that might merely be a completed shell ready for interior finishing?)

    Additionally, could a set of data points and attributes about natural built homes be started to document longevity and outcomes of building methods? I think you could find some really good information by creating a database around naturally built homes, longevity, and geography. There is probably data available from government agencies that would allow a comparison that includes weather conditions like hurricanes, earthquake of various magnitude, etc., and performance of Natural Building methods. As is the case with Seismic zones and code requirement, for example, a system for minimum recommended plaster thickness (or other attributes for example) specific to climate zones might be achieved.

  2. It seems like this could also provide opportunity to gather data towards code certification for various Natural Building methods. If, for example, a 2′ wide cob wall gets approved for code in or near Vancouver, BC, CA, then we know that could provide the basis for a similar design in the same region. Talk about an enormous, inexpensive thermal mass, BTW!

  3. I have to say I think this is a great idea. I am beginning to get serious about building and I can see such a resource would be indispensable. The loss of that network is a bit sad. Thank you, Kelly, for this blog. I am so glad I found it!

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