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Timelines & Flow:
- The course starts on August 8th and access to the course content ends on February 8th. We will send out reminders and other info as we get closer to the start date of the course.
- The course will be mainly self-guided week to week, with the bulk of the content being pre-recorded video and written content.
- To complete the written and video curriculum we recommend setting aside 3 hours of study time per week.
- A core part of this course is the earthen building project that you will be encouraged to create, which students will work on week-to-week on their own. For the hands-on aspect of the course, we recommend setting aside an additional 5 hours a week, but of course this is ultimately up to you.
- The entire course content will be published on August 8th, but we encourage students to complete the course in 1-2 week segments to keep things more organized and engaging on Slack and in the Live Sessions.
- There will be 8 Live Sessions. They will be recorded and uploaded to the learning platform, so no worries if you can’t attend all of them!
- You will have access to instructor support via Slack until December 8th.
- You will have access to the course content for 6 months total.
Software & Platforms:
- This course will use a few different platforms. Besides the course website where you will be following the curriculum, your individual earthen building project will be supported by our interactive course discussion on Slack.
- All students will be asked to join the course Slack workspace (what is this?) once the course starts — this is where students will get the chance to interact with one another and the instructors, ask questions, and share resources & projects if you wish!
- We will have clear tutorials in the course curriculum for how to use Slack, but we highly encourage you to familiarize yourself as much as possible and find other tutorials on this platform if you don’t feel confident, so we can all be ready to jump into this together.
Tutorial for Slack
Keep an eye on your email inbox for more information and details as we get closer to the beginning of the course. If you have any other questions in the meantime, please feel free to email our Program Director here.
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Now, for some fun, below is a list of resources curated by our Natural Building Instructors. This is not at all an exhaustive list, but it's a great place to start. If you want to get inspired and start familiarizing yourself with some of the concepts in the course, check out some of these options.
- Rocket Mass Heaters - Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson
- Build Your Own Barrel Oven - Eva and Max Edleson
- Build Your Own Earth Oven - Kiko Denzer with H. Field
- The Natural Builders Companion - Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton
- Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors - Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin
- Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction - California Straw Bale Association (CASBA)
- Building With Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide - Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce
- Built By Hand - Athena Steen, Bill Steen, Eiko Komatsu
- Clay and Lime Renders, Plasters and Paints: A How-To Guide to Using Natural Finishes - Katy Bryce & Adam Weismann
Articles & Websites
- People are Future Proofing Their Homes With...Straw - Drew Costly
- Fire Resistive Straw Bale Walls Survive North Bay Wildfires - CASBA
- It’s Time for California to Prepare for Wildfires as it does for Earthquakes - LA Times
- Transforming Building Regulatory Systems to Address Climate Change - David Eisenberg
- From Squatter to Legal Homeowner? - Marisia Kendall
- California’s Housing Crisis - Mother Jones
- Opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage in Building Materials - Chris Magwood
- Traditional building methods hold the key to accessible housing - Tshiamo Malatji
- 76: Innovations in Carbon Beneficial Building Materials - with Chris Magwood & Jacob Deva Racusin