Presented in partnership with the Eastern Missouri Group of the Sierra Club
Speaker Dan Chiras will describe the many natural building material options available to architects, builders, and homeowners. Mass and insulation properties of each material, and how local climate affects the choice of material will be discussed. A number of technical issues will be explored, such as foundation types, wall framing options, load-bearing vs. nonload bearing, prepping walls for plasters, which plasters work best (provide the best protection) for straw bale, as well as some red flag issues such as insects, rodents, fire and moisture and steps to take to avoid them.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES - Describe many natural building material options available and how climate affects the choice of materials
-Explain how to design a home for natural materials, especially straw bale, including proper foundation, moisture control, appropriate foundation types, wall framing options, prepping walls for plasters, and which plasters work best (provide the best protection) for straw bale
-Explore key red flag issues such as insects, rodents, fire and moisture, and steps that can be taken to avoid them
-Apply this information to new designs
Dan Chiras, Founder and Director of The Evergreen Institute
SPEAKER Dan Chiras, Ph.D., is author of two popular books on natural building,The Natural House and The Natural Plaster Book.He has consulted on, designed and built natural homes, and has taught natural building, including straw bale construction, for nearly a decade. He is founder and director of The Evergreen Institute.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation
1901 Chouteau, St. Louis, MO 63103
Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and Full-time Students
$20 for Non-members
Click on the Register button on the left-hand side of this page.
QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.
Thanks to our Program Sponsors!
Butterfly Energy Works
Straight Up Solar