Natural Building involves a range of building systems and materials that place major emphasis on sustainability, and materials with a low embodied energy. Many Natural Building concepts date back to the earliest of building forms, at a time when people were very connected with the Earth and the natural materials which surrounded them. When built properly, these techniques can last hundreds, if not thousands of years as seen in some of the Cob Houses in Wales, and Adobe structures in Yemen.
At a time when we are facing major issues like global warming, water shortages, fossil fuels, pollution, and many other serious global concerns, a re-emergence of these building concepts is sweeping the nation, as well as internationally, through the Natural Building Movement.
Building with Earthen Materials provides you with an organic structure like no other, with curvy, sculptural forms, unable to achieve through traditional building techniques. Building with earth also provides quality indoor air and no toxins or VOCs.
Natural Building concepts and techniques are not just for the person who wants to live off-the grid, or who wants a Cob home; these concepts can be applied to existing home renovations, aesthetic applications, veneers, yard structures, outdoor ovens, and much more! Be sure to check out the Services link as well as the Portfolio link for understanding how Root Down Designs can bring these methods to you!
Concepts behind Natural Building: