Natural building, not to be confused with ‘Green Building’ and sometimes referred to as ‘Alternative Building Methods,’ offers a way to construct a home (as well as a multitude of other items) with renewable, naturally occurring and locally available materials with a low-embodied energy, as opposed to industrial or man-made products. Many of these materials are available throughout the world and are often recycled or salvaged materials, so the costs and pollution associated with the transportation of these materials across the country falls. As a bonus, many Natural Building methods are energy efficient, inexpensive and easy to build with little technical construction knowledge. Natural building relies on human labor vs. technology, which encourages community and personal involvement during the building process. As a result, participants gain knowledge through direct experience, participate in their community, and leave feeling empowered by designing and creating with their own two hands. Natural Building is available to everyone, regardless of income or credit status.
Root Down Designs is a full-service architectural firm specializing in highly sustainable and low-carbon building solutions. Our clients range from off-grid homeowners to commercial businesses. Although many of designs utilize alternative construction methods, we always apply energy efficient principals to conventional building designs.
Root Down Designs is an authority on the revival of ancient building methods like rammed earth, compressed earth block, cob, clay-based finishes & hybrid methods. We incorporate modern-day engineering and building science and aim to integrate the site for superior building performance.
Root Down Designs recognizes that building in a highly sustainable, low-carbon manner requires additional services including conceptual design/feasibility studies, soil identification/geological testing, design development, permitting/construction documentation, and construction administration.