Community Rebuilds: Providing skills to build affordable, sustainable homes

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Life & Soul Magazine

Community Rebuilds is teaching people to build affordable, sustainable homes out of materials such as clay, straw and soil, in an effort to expand knowledge about valuable natural building skills across the US.

Community Rebuilds, which started life in Moab, Utah, aims to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program.

Under the Community Rebuilds program, interns participate in a 5-month experiential scheme, completing two homes from foundation to finish using low-tech methods, and using recycled, salvaged and donated building materials wherever possible.

By using straw bale as a key material in the construction of energy-efficient passive solar homes, the straw bale wall systems create natural insulation, which significantly decreases future heating and cooling costs. The homes also feature adobe floors, earthen plasters and greywater systems.

Community Rebuilds built there first home in Moab in 2010. The non-profit has since collaborated with Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture in Arizona, to support the organisation in replicating…

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