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West Coast Natural Building Conference

  • 17 Apr 2020
  • 4:30 PM
  • 19 Apr 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Shady Creek Event Center, Nevada City, CA
  • 11


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • February 29th through March 22nd

Registration is closed

California Straw Building Association

presents the

West Coast Natural Building Conference

We are rescheduling this event out of concern for the health of all involved.

April 17-19, 2020

at Shady Creek Event Center

with organic vegetarian cuisine

18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA 95959

We'll post the new dates as soon as they have been confirmed.

 In the meantime, registration is temporarily disabled but  you can join the wait list to let us know that you'd like to register when it re-opens!

Keynote Speaker - Laura Bartels

In 2008, Laura Bartels was part of a four person team that testified before Congress on the benefits of straw bale construction. Her professional path at that time brought her to be a leader in the field of sustainable building and community development. Her efforts throughout the US and with tribal nations helped people and communities put values into action, offering a valuable foundation and perspective on the importance of inner sustainability. Laura is currently the Executive Director of the Mindful Life Program.


This Year’s Topics Include:

  • Code updates: what to know for 2020 
  • Fire-resistant natural building design
  • Natural building as a solution to climate change
  • Scaling up: workforce development and regenerative supply chains
  • Working with the county
  • Pro tips and best practices
  • Natural remodeling

  • Natural plasters

  • Natural building and cost

  • Meet the new cob code!

    ...and more!

    Activities include:

    • Optional pre-conference workshop - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00PM *extra charge applies
    • Hands-on demos: bales, light straw clay, hempcrete, plasters
    • 5x5 presentations - If you'd like to participate in these popular evening slide shows by sharing 5 digital slides in 5 minutes, please let us know during registration. Time slots are limited, so sign up early! Tell us about your work, show us your latest project - or introduce us to something new! (please bring your 5x5 on a memory stick or send it to us as a pdf ahead of time.)  
    • Natural Building Home Tour - (Sunday - self-guided on your way out)
    • Book sales - CASBA's 2019 book, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction, will be for sale at the event and various contributing authors will be available to sign it.

    Our conference committee is working on the final speaker line-up and schedule, so keep your eyes on our website for more info soon!

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    Help make this conference great by gracing us with your presence for a weekend of learning, sharing, camaraderie & fun!

     Conference Registration & Pricing

    Our conference fee includes Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Meals are organic vegetarian.  Accommodation is separate.  If you'd prefer to make your own accommodation arrangements please note this choice in the registration form.

            Members Early Bird - $185             
            Members Regular - $225
        Non-Members -  $275              
            Students -

    (February 29th - March 22nd)
    (March 23rd - April 6th)
    (February 29th - April 6th)
    (February 29th - April 6th)
    * After April 6th, contact us for availability

    You can add the following options during registration:

    Conference Accommodation - per head/ 2 nights

    If you prefer to stay offsite please check that option on the registration form.

    • Camping -  $15    
    • Dorm -       $30 
    • Offsite      $0

    Optional pre-conference workshop

    • $100

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    please contact David Arkin.

    CASBA is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

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