Nonprofit teaches communities how to build homes out of straw, clay and soil

May 31, 2017 by  
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Emily Niehaus was working as a loan officer when she see realized that there was a need for affordable, sustainable housing options in her community. So she founded Community Rebuilds – a nonprofit that teaches people to build affordable homes out of “dirt cheap” materials like clay , straw and soil . Interns participate in a 5-month program, completing two homes from foundation to finish using sustainable living principles. Community Rebuilds started in Moab, UT as a way to ease the financial strains of people living in the community. Since then, the project has spread to southwestern Colorado and the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. The initiative has constructed 25 homes in four communities with the goal of expanding knowledge about valuable natural building skills across the US. Homes are built out of natural materials like straw, soil and clay using passive design techniques. They are equipped with green tech like solar arrays and sustainable features like adobe floors, earthen plasters and greywater systems. Related: Navajo mum gets new lease on life with this solar-powered home The first home was built in 2010, and since then the internship has evolved to include 16 people over a five-month term. Interns build two homes from the ground up. In exchange for their labor they get housing, food and an invaluable education in sustainable building. + Community Rebuilds  

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Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

October 20, 2014 by  
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Italy’s WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world’s impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D printer called the Delta can be transported to areas in need to print homes on site. The printer works with locally-sourced materials like mud and fiber to create structurally sound homes with a culturally-sensitive, vernacular aesthetic. Read the rest of Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed clay , 3d printed homes , 3d-printed architecture , clay homes , clay printer , eco design , Green Building , green design , indigenous structures , Maker Faire Rome , sustainable design , vernacular architecture , wasp , World’s Advanced Saving Project

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Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

June 16, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable housing , brick homes , Brick House Denmark , Brick House Nyborg , Buro Happold , clay homes , house longer life span , Leth & Gori , Leth & Gori Brick House , Mini-CO2 houses , Realdania homes

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