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Category: Natural Building

Wildfire Preparedness for Natural (and conventional) Buildings

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703 (map)

Guest presenter: Kay Mayfield, Texas Forest Service Employee and Straw Bale Home Owner

The Bastrop County wildfires ravaged the countryside one year ago this month. Hundreds of acres of beautiful pines and nearly 2000 homes were destroyed. At the same time, wildfires were also ravaging areas surrounding Austin and throughout Texas. More of these fires are expected to accompany the projected heat and drought conditions of the future.

Post-fire analysis appears to indicate that homesteads where fire-prevention methods were employed fared much better than more conventional homesteads. During this month’s presentation you will learn about practices you can implement to help protect your home from wildfires. Guest presenter Kay Mayfield is not only a Texas Forest Service employee and seasoned volunteer fire fighter, but she built and lives in a straw bale home. She was trained by wildland-urban interface specialists in wildfire preparedness. Kay will address general fire preparedness as well as the unique aspects of natural building.

This presentation is free an open to the public. (DBL is a volunteer-run organization, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.) No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.

 

Natural Building: Financing and Insuring

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703 (map)

Join us to discuss the ins and outs of financing natural building.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a local lender, appraiser and Realtor about the purchase and financing process of natural building construction. This will be a myth-dispelling, educational discussion about the purchase and financing process in today’s financing world.

Panelists include:

♦ Gretchen Janzow, Realtor, EcoBroker, RealtyAustin

♦ Ben Morton, VP, Loan Officer, ViewPoint Mortgage

♦ Bob Ward, Ward Appraisal Service

This presentation is free an open to the public. (DBL is a volunteer-run organization, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.) No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.

So You Are Thinking About Building?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm

House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703 (map)

Guest presenters: Kindra Welch, www.claysandstraw, and Sara Schmidt

Somewhere in the back of almost everyone’s mind simmers an idea about a little piece of land and a dream house.  If this is you and the plan includes building that house, don’t miss this presentation.  Natural builders and educators Sara Schmidt and Kindra Welch will talk strategy and process, the practical steps to prepare yourself for a great project. They will touch on all facets of the process, with emphasis on land / site selection.

This presentation is free an open to the public. (DBL is a volunteer-run organization, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.) No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.

New Earthbag Workshop, from Earthen Floor to Earthen Plaster

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our friends at Earthbag House are offering this 2-day intensive workshop.
Design concepts will be covered along with how to plan your project from foundation to plaster. You will learn how to analyze soil, prepare adobe mix and lay walls.
Then you will try your hand at pouring an adobe floor, building a wall, and plastering with wild harvested Austin clay plaster!
Finally paint with homemade traditional milk paint for a finished look!
We will also talk about:
  • how to plan your site
  • work with the city
  • how we can help you create your own worshops on the Austin Earthbag Work Trade

$150 for both days. For details and how to register, visit Earthbag House.

Shop Natural Grocers in Temple to Help Rebuild Bastrop County Naturally

December 17, 2011, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Natural Grocers3621 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, Texas 76504
On December 17th, 2011 the Natural Grocers store in Temple, Tx will be holding a 5% Day benefiting Earthen Love, DBL’s Bastrop County wildfire recovery project.  Earthen Love seeks to help rebuild Bastrop County homes and buildings using natural, nontoxic, fire-resistant, earth-friendly methods. Natural Grocers, which sells only foods and supplements with natural and organic ingredients, is a great match for Earthen Love’s vision.
Natural Grocers will donate 5% of the gross sales for the entire day to the Earthen Love project. The money will be used to support educational efforts as well as to help construct specific homes using natural, sustainable materials and system.
Please shop Natural Grocers and help DBL maximize the opportunity to rebuild Bastrop County in a more healthful, life-supporting, durable way. Envision a deep green community sprouting up along with the new pines!
For those who don’t live near Temple and can’t be there, donations to the Earthen Love project in any amount will be greatly appreciated and can by made right now online. Simply create or enter your account (login in right margin) and select “My donation history” from the dropdown menu. Please type  “Earthen Love” in the comments box.
For more information, contact us via the Design~Build~Live website (nav bar above) or call Tracy at (254) 541-6978 .

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