1. Overview

Find the Construction subheading in the Permaculture chapter.

Houses built with traditional earth technologies using indigenous knowledge make up the largest number of houses in the informal housing sector in South Africa.

Natural building is any building system which places the highest value on social and environmental sustainability. It assumes the need to minimise the environmental impact of our housing and other building needs while providing healthy, beautiful, comfortable and spiritually-uplifting homes.

Natural materials like stone, wood, straw and earth are not only non-toxic, they are life-enhancing. There is a good feeling we get from natural buildings which is difficult to describe. Even though conditioned to prefer the new, the shiny, and the precise, we respond at a deep level to unprocessed materials.

Source: Adapted from www.networkearth.org and http://alive2green.com 

 

2. Some role players

 

3. Websites and publications

Visit the websites listed above.

For further information on straw bale construction look at:

The following materials are looked at on www.strawbalecentral.com (take the “Building Techniques” menu option): Living roof; Natural Plasters and Finishes; Paper Blocks; Rammed Earth; Recycled Building Materials; Straw Bale Construction; Thatch; Wattle and Daub; Wood; Adobe; Bamboo; Cob; Compressed Earth Blocks; Earthbags; Earthen Floors; Earthships; Hybrid Structures; Light Straw-Clay (Leichtlehm); Hemp and other Fibres.

www.shelterpub.com. Shelter Online illustrates even more imaginative ways to put a roof over one’s head.

www.greenhomebuilding.com – “building today for tomorrow”