The Natural Building Collective Blog
James Kuiper harnesses the living, breathing climate that natural buildings produce to create the healthy supportive environments that the delicately-resilient microbial cultures need to thrive.
Like the Ulwazi ECD centre in Delft, the GCU Edu Hub, will be built from natural and sustainable building materials. We’ll be using +- 5000 rammed earth tyres to create the walls with eco brick and glass bottle details, cob, and natural plasters.
Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it took a team of dedicated, talented & passionate humans to pull off a project like Ulwazi Educare.
An eco-friendly, multi-purpose centre is being built from tyres, rammed earth, and eco-bricks in the beautiful Helderberg Nature Reserve.
Patrick Lunt from Offgrid vision recently had a chat with Peter McIntosh from the Natural Building Collective about his experience living offgrid since 1999.
The Training Centre is a passive solar, earth sheltered building out of tyres, cob, compressed earth bricks, ecobricks and glass bottles at the Delft Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre. The goal of the Training centre is to provide a space in which ECD practitioners and caregivers are trained to fulfil the developmental needs of the child.
Laurie first shared her student-build story and the challenges of building with mud on the edge of Hwange National park, Zimbabwe with us in 2014. Their cob home is complete and the gardens are thriving as they live a simple life alongside wildlife.
The iconic straw bale house of Simon and Jasmine in the UK burned down in a freak fire after an electrical fault ignited some stored reclaimed plastic stuff they intended to use under the earth floors downstairs as insulation.
"The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty." - Roland Tiangco As the end of the year approaches, we want to wish you well over the festive season, and thank you for your support in 2017. You helped us finish the Delft Early Childhood...
In honour of women’s day we asked Anita Venter a few questions about her grassroots development initiative using sustainable building methods in Bloemfontein. We have great admiration for the shack replacement initiative and what she has done to empower her change agents to become more self-sufficient and build community in her local context.