known as "natural building," is where ancient tradition meets
a modern pioneering spirit. People seeking to create a home which is healthy,
beautiful and sustainable are turning to old/new technologies such as
straw-bale construction, cob and permaculture. These rely on local materials
and skills to create an architecture rooted in place and community, and
an edible natural landscape around it.
Natural Building Resources is an umbrella
organization created to disseminate and coordinate information and activities
regarding natural building, sustainable architecture, and ecological living.
Book and Video Sales:
Natural Building Resources carries a number
of hand-picked informational materials about
natural building and living, including subjects such as straw bale, cob,
light clay, bamboo and others. We offer this small but wide-ranging collection
as a service to homeowners, architects and builders. Proceeds help fund
this website and other educational activities. The support of others helped
make this website available for you; your support will help those yet
to walk the road you're already on.
Black Range Films:
Black Range Films is our in-house media facility,
which has produced the award-winning video The
Straw Bale Solution, the Urban
Permaculture video featuring Dr Bill Roley, and the Building
With Straw series of videos. An hour-long documentary of Build
Here Now, a natural building and permaculture convergence held at
the Lama Foundation in northern New Mexico in 1999 is currently being
The Black Range Lodge:
All of our activities are centered at the
Black Range Lodge
in beautiful Kingston, New Mexico. An historic inn dating back to the
1880's, when Kingston was a booming mining town, the Lodge hosts guests
from around the world, and is fast becoming a major demonstration site
for a number of natural building techniques.
The Natural Building Colloquium:
The Black Range Lodge has hosted three Natural
Building Colloquia, an inspired sharing of ideas by practitioners
from several disciplines through hands-on workshops, lectures, slide shows
and presentations with the purpose of supporting the ongoing "renaissance"
in natural building and ecological design.
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