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  • 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.

  • 07 Sep 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    3 day workshop on Sept 7-9 at a site in Big Pine, CA.

    Come learn about green building and straw bale building at this 3 day workshop hosted by the Big Pine Tribal Environmental Department. Presentation topics will cover alternative building materials, heating and cooling, interiors (lights, walls, flooring), landscaping, and how to conserve water and electricity. Participants will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the construction of a straw bale garden shed. We will install straw bales and plaster with natural plaster. A mix of instruction time, hands on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of green building to plan your own project.

    Instructors are long time straw bale and plaster experts, Athena and Bill Steen from The Canelo Project, David Eisenberg from the DCAT (Development Center for Appropriate Technology), and Art Ludwig from Oasis Design!

    Space is limited. Register here

  • 06 Jun 2018 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    3 day workshop on Sept 14-16 at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA.

    Come learn about Clay Plaster at this 3 day workshop where we will apply clay plasters on a small straw bale farm building under construction at Soul Food Farm.  In this workshop, we will be using the native clay soil as a base material for the plaster. Participants will get hands on experience through all stages of the plastering on the building. We will mix and apply the scratch coat, the brown coat and the finish coat. We will also have the opportunity to try relief plaster and ornamentation. Sign up here!

  • 01 May 2018 12:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See 6 great examples of straw bale homes in Nevada & Placer counties! Details here

  • 14 Feb 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is open! Join us April 13-15 at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria (near San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle) for our annual Spring Conference, with a particular focus on fire-safe construction. This year we also celebrate women in natural building and invite all who thrive on earth & straw to join us for CASBA's West Coast Natural Building Conference. Sleeping cabins are of strawbale construction!

  • 15 Dec 2017 12:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While architects and builders have known for years that the strawbale walls of their buildings
    have superior fire-resistance, several examples of homes surviving recent wildfires bear further evidence of this quality.

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  • 29 Aug 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The tour of straw homes in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area has been postponed until May of 2018. We'll post more information at the beginning of the new year. If you'd like to help with logistics, please let us know!

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