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Build It Yourself: Schools Dedicated to Teaching Green Building

Fulfill your dream of building a natural home with training from these schools.
By Natural Home Staff
September/October 2003

Participants use cottonwood ends to build a cordwood masonry guesthouse during an Earthwood Building School workshop.
Photo Courtesy Earthwood Building School
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Cal-Earth Institute

Hesperia, California
The Cal-Earth Institute offers week-long retreats on superadobe (sandbags filled with earth and stacked in coils) and ceramic techniques developed by architect Nader Khalili. (760) 244-0614

Earthwood Building School

West Chazy, New York
One- to five-day workshops on cordwood masonry (short log-ends laid widthwise within a mortar matrix), earth-sheltered housing, and stone circles. (518) 493-7744

Fox Maple School of Traditional Building

West Brownfield, Maine
Explore joined timber frame, thatch, straw/clay, wood chip/clay, wattle and daub, cob, straw bales, and earth plasters with the Fox Maple school. (207) 935-3720

International Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology

Clearwater, Florida
Workshops and home-study courses explore “building biology:” nontoxic materials, energy conservation, indoor air quality, and electromagnetic radiation. (727) 461-4371

Southwest Solar Adobe School

Bosque, New Mexico
In weekend courses at the Southwest Solar Adobe School, learn to build with adobe, pressed block, and rammed earth, from site preparation to passive solar design. (505) 861-1255

Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Warren, Vermont
More than 100 courses are offered at Yestermorrow, including timber framing, furniture making, salvage, feng shui, woodworking, cohousing, and landscape and solar design. (888) 496-5541








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