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Natural Building Strategies

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Articles & materials related to natural building techniques & strategies will be posted to this page.


Reskilling Resources:  General Wilderness & Sustainability Skills


ROOF THATCHING & REED COLLECTION

 Thatched in water reed this 'round house' demonstrates the poured on fluidity of thatch is not created by the material but by the way it is applied. No other roofing material is capable of adapting to such shapes

 

Dusty, from Natural Homes writes:  in defense of thatch, the Department of the Environment's, Protection of Historic Buildings (PHB) in Northern Ireland Technical Note No.6, 2006 on thatch roofs says, "The general perception of thatch is that it is a fire risk, although PHB records, kept now for thirty years, do not substantiate this."

 

           http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2013/07/traditional_irish_roof_thatcher_puts_the_meadowlands_to_work.html 

          Video below on Reaper Binder. Potential for harvesting reed with this machine.  

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Cordage

Uses for Phragmites Reed Grass


WALL SYSTEMS


ROUND POLE FRAMING & Connecting Techniques

 


FOUNDATIONS & STEM WALLS

              http://www.bedfordny.info/html/d_planning.html

 

   
No cement, round stone foundation ! Poland.
 

 

 

 


NATURAL INSULATION

 

Zebra Mussel Shells

Danish Testing relating to Strawbale construction

Insulative Systems

 

Wool Insulation & felting

 

 

Sheepwool insulation panel for wall/basement retrofit - Photo #3

EARTHEN FLOORS

 

Using Manure in flooring




  •     Paper Clay...as a sculpting media and potential insulation material for walls.  Made with shreded paper and coloredclays. It is easy to make paper pulp or you can buy the cellulose insulation.  Both are options depending on what's available under the situation.  Lance suggests spraying on 1st coat and hand apply last coat.  Some folks might like a flowing surface, some a flat plane.  As a guide... boards could be attached, screwed in at the edges and a screed board drawn from bottom upward between the boards.               
  • Earthen floors in existing houses.  Detailed article.       

 


EARTH PLASTER ARTICLES

 

NATURAL SEALERS:

 



 HEAT SOURCES

  • Manure .  BTU's of manure compared to wood, and more.

 


 

Natural Structures:

Willow: made of living willow, rooted in the ground & bundled.
 

entering the willow palace by Maik√§fer.  

 


PRACTICAL NATIVE CRAFTS

 

 


 

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