“Channel Rock is an off-the-grid site with accommodations for 40, delicious organic food from our permaculture garden, hiking and beach activities.
The building industry doesn’t want people to know about this! Modern building materials are expensive, often require special tools and expertise, rot or burn after a few decades, and many times offgas toxic fumes. Fortunately, word is spreading about natural building and how almost anyone can build their own home at much lower cost. Examples of ancient natural buildings that are still standing after thousands of years can be found worldwide. This includes earthen structures in earthquake zones that have withstood centuries of earthquakes. These ancient building methods are being rediscovered and utilized to beat the high cost of home building.
“Sukalatti was built using the same amount of energy required to produce 50 bags of cement at the factory. Without the nylon shade net, producing a single bag of cement would consume more energy than the entire house.”
“Many of you might be wondering “Why would I want to mix cob with a tractor?” There are other good methods of mixing cob with your feet, using a tarp, or in a pit that don’t require the burning of fossil fuels. This is true, and any method of mixing cob without heavy machinery is going to be the purest form of cob mixing with the lowest amount of embodied energy.
This is very interesting. This natural building method is about 10-20 times faster than building with cob even though it is quite similar.
“Hay and mud rolls to build a wall. natural construction technique created by Elizandro in Samaipata.”
There are hundreds of uses for cob, so this technique is something good to learn about even if you’re not going to build a cob house.