Rammed Earth Housing in Canada

Tony Johnson runs Earth House Holdings in Sooke, B.C., Canada. He specializes in rammed earth like his own house featured here. He used steel rebar and wool insulation, which results in exceptional strength when it comes to earthquakes and a much more insulated envelope for the colder Canadian climate. It is extremely energy efficient due … Read more

Subscribers Missing Blog Posts

Over the last month there have been several times when emailed notifications of blog posts that I have made were not sent to subscribers. I have been communicating with the Mailchimp service that is supposed to handle this and I believe that we have finally resolved the problem. I will list the missing blog posts … Read more

Hempcrete is Spreading Around the World

Hemp mixed with lime can create a low-carbon, more climate friendly building material than concrete. “There’s an enormous growth potential in the US for hemp fiber used for building and insulation,” said Kaja Kühl, founder of youarethecity, a design and building practice. “Hemp was only legalized in 2018, but now industrial hemp is following the … Read more

An Elevated Off-Grid Cabin in Quebec

This is not what I would term “natural building,” but it is certainly interesting architecture and the intention was to incorporate many aspects of sustainability. Kariouk Architects built a spectacular off grid cabin, perched 60 ft above the ground in the forest of Quebec, offering  unparalleled view of nature’s splendor. Its occupants find winter’s snowy … Read more

“Mycocrete” May Eventually Replace Foam, Timber and Plastic

Researchers from Newcastle University have crafted a new bio-based material called “mycocrete”. Using mycelium combined with additional natural materials, the team can grow a tightly wound substrate stronger than previous mycelium materials. The knitted design can create 3D shapes without seams or waste. “Our ambition is to transform the look, feel, and well-being of architectural … Read more