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  • 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.

    To read the rest of this article Click Here
  • 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!

  • 12 May 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Conference Committee is planning another great CASBA Conference!  Please send a note to if you have an interest in presenting or hosting a workshop.  

    Registration for the conference will open by mid-February.  We hope to see you there!

    See 2017 conference and presentation details here!

  • 12 May 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One Percent for the Planet business partner Three Twins Ice Cream sweetened up our conference by donating an array of scrumptious ice cream flavors for attendees to enjoy!   Through their Ice Cream for Acres program, every time your purchase their ice cream you are helping to conserve precious habitat! You can read about it here

  • 06 Dec 2016 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re happy to introduce you to MyDomino, our new clean energy partner, and to extend their offer of a free one-year membership to their energy savings concierge service. (a $99 value)

    MyDomino will also make a $50 donation to CASBA when you speak with a MyDomino concierge by phone the first time! (with no commitment)  

    To sign up for MyDomino's service Click Here and use Partner Code "CASBA"

    Why has CASBA partnered with MyDomino?

    MyDomino has a similar mission. They share knowledge gathered from research & practical experience to help fight Climate Change, and they help you avoid sales hype and save money! Our members & supporters deserve to know about this resource, so we're glad to spread the word. 

    Your free MyDomino membership includes:
    • A quick and easy energy consult for your home by phone – whether you rent or own.
    • A personalized clean energy plan with advice on actions such as using LEDs, smart thermostats, heat pumps, solar power, EVs, and more.
    • A customized dashboard to track your progress and get unlimited clean energy guidance.

    Feel free to share this offer with your clients and other straw balers! 

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

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