What is natural building?

Natural building is simply using materials that can be found in a local environment to build extremely affordable, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and personal buildings. Examples of natural building techniques include adobe, cob, straw bale, earth bag, and many others. The goal of natural building is simply to reduce the environmental impact of construction to be as little as possible.

Do building built with clay and straw really last?

Yes! When built and surfaced correctly, natural buildings can last for centuries. Straw bale buildings from the 1880’s exist in Nebraska and cob buildings from the 16th and 17th century in Europe are still around. We surface our walls with a natural lime plaster, which protects them from weathering.

How much does it cost to build your homes?

$40,000 for total development including all materials, appliances, insurance, furnishings, permit fees, and land costs. The actual materials that are used to build the home only cost around $15,000. Most people don’t realize that the materials used to build a home only account for around half of the total development costs.

Are these buildings safe?

Yes! Our buildings are built based on the 2015 International Residential Code Appendix S, which is the first international set of building codes for strawbale construction.

Why aren’t more people doing this?

Good question! If you’re interested in learning more or collaborating to build these type of homes in your community, feel free to reach out and contact us!

Where are you building your homes?

We’re building our first full-sized home in the city of Wilmington, Delaware at 2903 North Jefferson Street. Eventually, we will be building in cities and towns all around the country.

How can I get involved?

Click here to join our mailing list and receive weekly email updates on what we’re doing and how to get involved. We are always looking for volunteers to help out with everything from fundraising events to builds. If you are interested in joining our team in a more official capacity, click here to submit an application (link to application to join our team).

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