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  • 02 Jun 2020 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CASBA is happy to announce that we've arranged another round of free downloads of Appendix S - Strawbale Construction AND we've added Appendix R - Light Straw-Clay Construction!  Visit the download page

    These free downloads are made possible by arrangement with the International Code Council (ICC) and payment of a licensing fee. Please take only what you need, and if you like what we're doing, feel free to support this effort with a donation!

  • 17 May 2020 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      "Straw Bale Construction Manual" from Germany was just published in Europe and will be available in the US in 4-5 weeks. (in English)

    30 exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw. (some CASBA members contributed)

    • Documents the many and various uses of straw as a building material
    • Practical, step by step presentation with structural details

    Here's a sneak peek!

  • 14 Mar 2020 1:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     We are regretfully postponing our conference due to the Covid-19 virus. We are in the process of rescheduling, so check our website for an update soon! In the meantime, registration is temporarily disabled. However, you can join the wait list to let us know that you'd like to register when it re-opens!

  • 03 Mar 2020 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join CASBA members from all over on April 17th -19th in Nevada City for the West Coast Natural Building Conference!  Our theme this year is "Launching a Decade of Resilience", and we are featuring an organic vegetarian menu. Read more

  • 24 Feb 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are invited to help plaster the Chapel at Seeds of Life:

    Location: Seeds of Life Spirituality Center, Tracy
    Date: March 7-8, 2020, 8:30am Breakfast, 9am Plastering
    Contact: Seeds of Life: (209) 637-3404
    CASBA workshop coordinator, Allison, (301) 357-0582

    Here we are just after Lunar New Year and we are still welcoming what is new in 2020. The strawbale round sacred space at Seeds of Life, Tracy California that we have been building under the leadership of Skillfull Means, with much of all of your help has survived the storms and rains of December and January after we all learned how to apply the scratch and structurally necessary coats on the outside. Now we need to repeat the same process on the inside, including the beautiful coves for the windows and the various niches. So lots of opportunity to be artistic or to be simply helpful - or both. We feel that this year really is the final stretch in a long process. So if you can afford the time we would be enormously grateful if you could come to our free WORK PARTY on MARCH 7 and 8, 2020. And it is exactly what the word means, lots of very interesting work and surprises of good companionship and great food.

    The property is very conveniently located in the triangle between the Interstate 5 and freeway 580 on Highway 33 - at a flashing stop sign. Seeds of Life Spirituality Center, 33148 Highway 33, Tracy, CA 94103. We have place for camping and also a few rooms single or double occupancy for $30.

    The team and religious sisters on the property are great fun to work with, we offer wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner with home cooked meals. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance. We will also provide snacks. Please bring a refillable water bottle. 

    Bring work clothes, any protective gear like gloves and masks and hawks and trowels if you have them. 

    Hope to see you there!! Ready to begin the finishing stretch of 2020.

    Seeds of Life

  • 19 Dec 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CASBA's annual West Coast Natural Building Conference is scheduled for April 17-19 at Shady Creek Conference Center in Nevada City. We hope you'll plan on joining us for another amazing weekend of learning, sharing, and fun!

  • 15 May 2019 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Straw Bale Building Details - An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction is now in publication! Read about it, listen to author radio interviews, check for a publicity event near you, or buy it, by following this link to our book page and publicity events calendar!

  • 05 Apr 2019 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars and save the date! CASBA's annual Spring conference will be April 5th-7th at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. We're working on the details now, so check back for further details soon.

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

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