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Green Building Materials: A Guide to Natural Building Systems

Natural building provides an opportunity to create homes that are healthier than their conventional counterparts.

Builders refer to walls in which natural materials, like straw bales, fill in spaces between a wooden frame “infill walls.”
Photo by Dan Chiras
Rammed earth building uses slightly dampened subsoil or a sand-cement mix in between forms attached to a foundation.
Photo by Robert Reck
This straw-clay wall is a variation on the “cob” building technique.
Photo by Paul Bardagjy
Straw bale wall in Charlottesville, Virginia
Photo by Philip Beaurline
Writer Dan Chiras employed a number of natural building techniques in his home.
Adobe building dates back to 6000 B.C.
Photo by Dan Chiras
A straw-clay coating on walls provides texture, insulation and soundproofing.
Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
Natural Building Materials
A straw bale wall with external pinning
Photos by Dan Chiras
Large windows help the passive-solar heating of this natural home.
Photos by Dan Chiras

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