Earth-sheltered houses articles

Feb
22
2019
Rowland Keable

Interested in earth building? Come to EBUKI’s mini Clayfest 2019 in Wales!

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Rowland Keable of Earth Building UK and Ireland shares news of a mini but mighty Clayfest 2019 with the theme of building confidence in clay.

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Aug
26
2018
Paul Jennings

What might buildings, settlements and even regions look like through the lens of Permaculture design?

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This is the transcript of a talk given by Paul Jennings to the recent SBUK Big Straw Bale Gathering. Paul has built his straw-bale family home on a ‘One-Planet Development’ smallholding in Wales (costing £12,000). Read more …

Jun
28
2018
Rowland Keable

Calling all earth-building enthusiasts – come and join Clayfest 2018!

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With nine different earth building techniques covered and a whole host of activity planned, this is the place to be for anyone interested in building with earth. Rowland Keable at EBUKI tells us more. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Feb
24
2017
Barbara Jones

Can you help Barbara Jones and Straw Works set up a National Skills Centre?

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Barbara Jones of Straw Works / School of Natural Building is the country’s top straw-bale builder. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales, and is the star of our straw-bale building online course. Read more …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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Let’s get one thing straight right away…When I say “small”, I don’t mean living in a shoe box.   What I mean by “small” is living in a space that is designed…well designed…for your needs…and no more.  A small space doesn’t mean cramped. Read more …

Feb
10
2016
Barbara Jones

Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

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I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more …

Oct
15
2015
Phil Moore

Brighton’s iconic earthship: appeal for upgrade of energy and water systems

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Earthships are self-contained living vessels that don’t rely on mains water or energy from big companies. Earthships use natural systems to provide all their own utilities — solar energy for heat and power, and rain for water Read more …

Jan
13
2015
Eileen Sutherland

Career change? How to become a self-employed natural builder

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We’re approached a lot by people wanting to change career to one focused on one of the topics on our website. The most common topic is probably low-impact building. Read more …

Jul
26
2014
Dave Darby

Three-bedroom, earth-sheltered house with a living roof, cob internal walls & sea view; cost: £18,000

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Seven years ago, a handsome builder came on a Lowimpact.org ‘how to make biodiesel’ course at Redfield and stole one of our staff. They now live with three children in Cornwall, in an earth-sheltered house that he built himself on his own land. Read more …

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