Alternative Building Materials and Methods – From mud to modern: Adobe to the “Passive Haus” System developed in Germany

Learn about the variety of building methods and materials used for wall systems, and how they relate to green building and energy efficiency. We will review Adobe and the ultra-energy-efficient “Passive Haus” System developed in Germany, as well as AAC (Aerated Autoclave Concrete), ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), new Advanced Framing & Insulation Techniques, SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels), Straw Bale and Pumice-crete. You will learn the pros and cons of these building methods, how they are priced and used in construction, whether modest or high-end, and how each material relates to the important dynamic of Mass vs. Insulation. We also briefly review Rammed Earth, Timber Frame, Straw Clay, and Earthship buildings.

Instructor: Robin Dorrell