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Energy Efficient Homes
Design and construction

Many traditional design and construction methods produced homes which were far more energy efficient than what we have today. There is now a growing interest in reverting back to some of these ways of building homes.

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Rammed Earth Homes

Rammed earth construction, also known as pisé de terre or simply pisé, is an old building method that has seen a revival in recent years as people seek low-impact building materials and natural building methods. Traditionally, rammed earth buildings were common in arid regions where wood is in scare supply. New techniques of construction make them even more solid and easier to work with, and they provide year-round insulation, quiet, and comfort. Plus, they just feel good to be in.

Strawbale Homes

Straw-bale construction is a building method that utilizes straw bales as structural elements, insulation, or both. It is commonly used in natural building.

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Cob Houses

Cob is a building material consisting of a mixture of clay, sand and straw.

Cob-building is a traditional technique that has been used for thousands of years and in all types of climates ranging from Africa to Wales.

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Portable Structures
Yurts, Desert Domes, Geodesic Domes, and Other Structures

When you have a second piece of property out in the country.

More on portable structures to come shortly.

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