We believe in climate-resilient and dignified housing for all. This year, Quail Springs is playing a key role in the movement to make earthen building legal and accessible to everyone. We’ve already taken the first steps to establish our site as a fully permitted world-class demonstration center, featuring legal, fire-safe, low-carbon-footprint earthen buildings.
Now is a critical time to help move this work forward! This fall, Quail Springs is launching a campaign to raise $100,000 to help legalize earthen building.
Last year, in partnership with Cal Poly, Quail Springs began official earthquake testing on earthen walls to create pathways for permitting and accessibility. Just a few weeks ago, the Cob Code ("cob" is a type of earthen building) passed the International Code Committee by a vote of 94%! Soon it will go up for the next and final level of voting. The momentum is building!
As we move forward, we will continue to focus on youth programming, drylands farming, and watershed stewardship, even as our emphasis on earthen building policy grows. Thanks to your support of our scholarship fund, no person is turned away from our powerful youth and adult programming for lack of funds. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
You can further this important work by supporting us to:
- Collaborate with local governments to shift building codes for our changing climate
- Conduct essential fire and earthquake testing on earthen walls
- Produce free and pre-approved earthen “tiny house” plans to promote affordable housing
- Expand access to impactful nature-based education for youth and adults
- Develop and fully permit our demonstration and teaching site
Thank you for joining us in creating more just and climate-resilient possibilities for our communities! With your support we can raise $100,000 this fall and take the next necessary steps toward making earthen building legal and accessible.
Sarah Brooks and Daniel Aaron Francis
Co-Executive Directors, Quail Springs