A Natural Cob Building

A cob house

Natural building is a sustainable building methodology that sets out to minimize the environmental impact of our housing and construction needs. Natural building can be defined loosely as any building system that places the highest value on social and environmental sustainability. Natural builders emphasize simple, easy-to-learn techniques based on locally available, raw, renewable and sometimes recycled resources, ideally gathered from or very near the construction area.

Natural building relies heavily on human labor and creativity instead of capital, high technology, and specialized skills. Natural building technology can be applicable in nearly all geographic regions and climates. Construction includes materials such as stone, wood, adobe, cob, straw bale, rammed earth, hempcrete, and straw-clay.”


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