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GSBN:New BWB Strawbale Curriculum
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- Subject: GSBN:New BWB Strawbale Curriculum
- From: Catherine Wanek cat@...
- Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:40:23 -0600
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At 10:16 AM 8/26/2006, Joyce Coppinger wrote:
Hello everyone.......I am working on an update of the GSBN member
list to send to you all (i.e.,
the searchable spreadsheet I emailed to you a few months ago). Would
you be willing to send your mailing address and telephone/fax
information for inclusion on this list? If so, please reply to this
email including your full mailing address, telephone/fax numbers.
The list is not sold or shared with anyone other than those who are
Hi Everyone --
Thanks to Joyce for compiling this spreadsheet list! I encourage
you-all to email her your contact info:
Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
On behalf of Builders Without Borders, I am pleased to announce that
we have "finished" the BWB Straw Bale Construction Curriculum -- a
Hands-on workshop Guide for Facilitators and Students. (See press
BWB would like to send a free copy of the Facilitator's Guide to
everyone on this GSBN list (we will use Joyce's new database to get
We hope you will find the Curriculum to be a useful resource. We are
currently self-publishing via a print-on-demand service. The cost
for B&W (with color cover) will be Facilitator's guides: $25, Student
Guides: $20. (Bulk discounts will be available.)
We are very open to your feedback in how to make this a better
resource, so feel free to email your suggestions to
mail@... If you want to mark up your copy
and mail it to us -- great! We will replace your copy with a current
For those of you who will be at the ISBBC next month -- Derek Roff &
I will be bringing copies to distribute there, and save the
postage. Let us know if you will be there at --
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Catherine Wanek - Administrative Coordinator
& Derek Roff - Director
For Immediate Release:
BWB - Networking Natural Builders Worldwide
Builders Without Borders announces the publication of a new
strawbale building guide for emergency and affordable housing. The
BWB Strawbale Construction Curriculum is a manual offering
instruction on regionally appropriate, low-tech building options. If
straw bales are available, a sturdy shelter can be constructed very
quickly with few tools and little experience. This approach is also
low cost, especially if the labor is supplied by the owner/builder.
The Curriculum includes both a facilitator's and a student
version. They are used concurrently, in conjunction with a hands-on
strawbale workshop. During the workshop, participants learn how to
build a simple structure from the ground up. The curriculum shows a
variety of options and reinforces the lessons learned in the hands-on
workshop. The guides offer a visual format to help bridge language
and illiteracy barriers.
Strawbales are suitable for solving the housing shortage in
economically marginalized communities because of their
super-insulating qualities and their low cost as an agricultural
waste material. They function as giant building blocks and can be
quickly stacked into walls by a volunteer crew with little or no
BWB is an international network of ecological builders who
advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable
materials in construction. We believe that the solution to
homelessness is not merely housing, but communities trained to
provide housing for themselves. To this end, we create educational
books, CD-ROMs, DVD's, and videos, organize and promote hands-on
workshops, and partner with other non-profit organizations to build
affordable sustainable housing.
Recent BWB hands-on projects include partnerships with NGOs in
the construction of a straw-bale demonstration building for a nature
preserve in the Altai region of Russia, an ecological orphanage in
South Africa, and affordable straw/clay/pallet homes in Anapra, Mexico.
Visit the website for Workshops, Projects, Images,
Publications, Resources, Links and a free web
<<a target="_blank" href="http://www.builderswithoutborders.org/">http://www.builderswithoutborders.org/</a>>www.builderswithoutborders.org
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