Sheltered: Underground and Off the Grid

This article and documentary film are about building an underground complex that is far from being a natural building project. But I am posting this because I think that there are worthwhile things that can be learned. Sheltered: Underground and … Continue reading →

Earth Building Online Academy

I just found out about the Earth Building Academy and their online courses. They have been teaching for 20 years and recently ran a free online pizza oven course and had confirmation that online courses really work. They currently are … Continue reading →

Ikea is now selling Tiny Homes

The wildly successful Swedish company, Ikea, is seeking to move ecologically optimized tiny houses  to the mainstream. These tiny houses, or trailers around 200 square feet, bear the company’s trademark airy and minimalist style and retail for around $50,000.With Ikea’s … Continue reading →

Building a Straw/Clay House in Canada

Ten years ago when Tim Kroeker’s last child finally graduated high school, he and his wife decided it was now or never to follow through on their many years-long dream of building a house…an alternative house…in “the country”. They had … Continue reading →

The Making of an Earthbag House in India

In the last post I referenced the work of Sindhu Bhaskar as part of the Thannal Mud Homes Trust in India.  She and her architect husband Biju built their own earthbag home made almost entirely with natural materials. In this … Continue reading →