Natural Building Network


Natural Building Network

A network of natural builders in California who wish to use this site to network with other Transition like developers, gov leaders, officials and builders.

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Latest Activity: Jun 24, 2016

Natural Building Movement

Kleiwerks International is part of a worldwide movement that is reviving and refining the art and joy of earthen and other indigenous building techniques. We are a powerful and growing international network of visionary Natural Building and Permaculture activists, educators, builders, authors, documenters, architects, artists, and students. As a ‘movement,’ we share a common thread: A dedication to learning, teaching and practicing sustainable ways of living, including how we shelter ourselves. We are individuals and communities who are realizing’ our visions for a better world, not just talking about it. We do this by creating inspiring examples, real solutions that are being replicated worldwide.

Visit the Earth Shelters page here for some 101 Videos and more resources

Discussion Forum

Reddit- Natural Building

Started by Joshua Feb 11, 2013.

Up side of Bailout for GREEN industries

Started by MoonstoneBob Oct 30, 2008.

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Comment by Kristy Silveira on September 23, 2010 at 7:28am
What is your thought on converting old hotels into a transitional living center for homless folk in the city? That could possibly be a way to introduce a sustainable building approach while re-using previously developed land and building materials....I would love to learn more if anyone has heard of or experienced a situation like this...
Comment by bob banner on August 19, 2009 at 5:01pm
send your message to this list is another option. good luck Sam. are you in SLO?
Comment by bob banner on August 19, 2009 at 4:59pm
Jack just joined the website where he is one of the main guys behind the natural building network and ought to be able to answer your questions.
See his profile at:
See the network at:

hope this helps.
Comment by David Hingston on December 27, 2008 at 6:17pm
Have we discussed what "Natrual Building" means? Here's a thought: the photo above -- of a fairly quaint little cottage-like house -- is, though charming, unrealistic. It suggests natural materials, compactness, a bucolic setting, and the notion that we can all live in detached, single-family houses sustainably. As an architectural vision of the future, this is unlikely to prove sustainable or resilient. Seems to me it is likely to lead to continued urban and suburban sprawl. I think the Transition Towns movement should be at (or close to) the forefront of an effort to create a new architectural ideal that doesn't require as much land per human being as does the detached, single-family house.
Comment by Matthew Sutherlin on November 30, 2008 at 3:32pm
Hi every one glad to have found you!
Comment by bob banner on October 28, 2008 at 8:34pm
sounds like a good connection to our advisory group in the Building arena. ciao.
we finally reached 50!
Comment by Richard Smith on October 28, 2008 at 7:52pm
I think of you, Bob, and I think of ping-pong. You are all over the table but rarely off it. Thanks for starting this.

I expect our awesome local leaders in green building will be here soon and share their hard won wisdom in Transition design, materials, and techniques. In the meantime, I want to represent the bottom feeders, the do it yourself end of the spectrum. I want to share ideas about building really ecofriendly habitats with one's bare hands. This allows one to live so cheaply that they can afford to stay at home and create a relationship with their place that is joyful, right, and resilient,,, and the carbon footprint gets smaller and smaller,

I want to forge an alliance with our local green building leaders (I'm not not naming because I'm afraid I'll exclude somebody, and if you're here you know these terrific people).

I'd like to talk about getting access to land without owning it. About creating Habitat (capital intended) with waste materials and about using our local green building experts to lead the way .

I'd also like to share our personal building experience at the Sandgarden: how we clean our water, recycle this water to grow food (fish and gardens), use of self-heating and cooling techiques, and use of waste materials and natural products to build a beautiful home.

Richard at celebratewaste.


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