Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Rainwater Catchment System Design

Interested in capturing and storing rainwater for irrigation? Partici­pants will learn about rainwater catchment system components, beneficial uses, appropriate collection surfaces, pre-storage filtration, and storage tank options. Bring a calculator and your project ideas, including a site plan showing roof(s), possible tank locations and use areas (e.g. garden or landscape plants). Property elevation changes and roof angles are also helpful. Our discussion will also include cost-effective ways to reduce run-off, pros and cons of different designs, and project examples.

For anyone looking for practical instruction in designing and building a rainwater catchment system.

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center, Ashland, Oregon

COST FREE. Class Size Limited. Visit www.ashland.or.us to register

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Rainwater Catchment System Design

Interested in capturing and storing rainwater for irrigation? Partici­pants will learn about rainwater catchment system components, beneficial uses, appropriate collection surfaces, pre-storage filtration, and storage tank options. Bring a calculator and your project ideas, including a site plan showing roof(s), possible tank locations and use areas (e.g. garden or landscape plants). Property elevation changes and roof angles are also helpful. Our discussion will also include cost-effective ways to reduce run-off, pros and cons of different designs, and project examples.

For anyone looking for practical instruction in designing and building a rainwater catchment system.

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center, Ashland, Oregon

COST FREE. Class Size Limited. Visit www.ashland.or.us to register

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Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Straw Bale Building

Almost 40% of all energy used in the United States is for heat­ing, cooling and operating buildings. Nearly 10% more is used to manufacture construction materials. Building a new home is one of the most environmentally costly things we do because it has immediate and ongoing impacts! Energy efficient homes made from carbon sequestering materials like straw can help us live more sustainably. Learn how straw bale buildings are designed and built. Presentation includes details explaining construction techniques, options, and a look at a few of nearly 50, permitted, straw bale homes in Jackson County. Many presentation images dawn from the California Straw Building Association’s book Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction.

For prospective home owners, designers, architects, or contrac­tors interested in learning how straw bale buildings are designed and built.

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center, Ashland, Oregon

COST FREE. Class Size Limited. Visit www.ashland.or.us to register.

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Aug
3
to Aug 4

Straw Bale and LSC Demonstration Building at the Albany, OR Mother Earth News Fair

Members of the California Straw Building Association will work on a straw bale and light-straw-clay (LSC) demonstration building during the fair, 9 – 6 on Saturday, 9 – 5 on Sunday.  We’ll be stacking bales into three different wall assemblies, packing LSC, re-sizing and notching bales, discussing different post-and-beam options and shear wall systems, how to run electrical and plumbing in straw bale walls, lath and mesh options, plastering, and much more.  Presentations on CASBA’s new book Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guild for Design and Construction will be held at the Renewable Energy and Natural Building Stage both days from 10:00 to 11:30.

Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com to purchase a weekend pass for the fair!

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May
22
4:00 PM16:00

Finish Clay Plasters for Beginners

Tired of not having an alternative to paint for your interior walls? Non-toxic, environmentally friendly clay plasters can transform conventional painted sheetrock walls to beautify your home! These hand-crafted finishes help to moderate interior humidity and add thermal mass, too. Participants will learn the basics of designing and applying clay plaster to a wall. Expect plenty of hands-on experience during this four-hour class, from measuring pigments and plaster materials, calculating volumes, mixing plasters, and applying them to a vertical surface with a hawk and trowel. Clay isn't caustic, but can be messy. Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and a snack.

This class will be held at the pavilion in Ashland’s North Mountain Nature Center.

Instructors: Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders is a licensed general contractor specializing in straw bale building, earth and lime plastering. Lydia Doleman of Flying Hammer Productions is a natural building educator and author of a book about light-straw-clay building.

Class fee: $30.00

Visit Ashland’s Park and Recreation Website to register for this class:

https://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=14060

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May
18
2:00 PM14:00

Discussion of a book about designing and building with straw bales.

Jim Reiland, a contributing author to Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction (a book by the California Straw Building Association) will be at Barnes & Noble in Medford to discuss how straw bale buildings differ from conventional “green” buildings, how they can be an important part of the effort to mitigate climate change, and how they are designed and built. There are over fifty permitted straw bale homes in Jackson County; learn more about this building system made from locally abundant, carbon sequestering, annually renewable residue from a grain harvest, and how it creates super insulated, beautiful buildings.

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction

Bloomsbury Books in Ashland Oregon will host Jim Reiland, a contributing author of a book from the California Straw Building Association. He’ll discuss how straw bale buildings differ from conventional “green” buildings, and how these beautiful homes can be an important part of the effort to mitigate climate change. Learn more about this building system made from locally abundant, carbon sequestering, annually renewable residue from a grain harvest, and how it creates super insulated buildings.

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening With The Author at Rebel Heart Books

In this case, an evening with one of the authors! Jim Reiland will talk about Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction at Rebel Heart Books in Jacksonville, OR. He is one of nearly twenty principal contributors and managing editor of this California Straw Building Association book. Learn more about how straw bale walls create beautiful, energy efficient, fire resistant buildings from a locally abundant food crop residue, all while sequestering carbon!

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May
15
8:00 AM08:00

Jefferson Exchange, JPR 8:00 - 8:30

Geoffrey Riley, host of Jefferson Public Radio’s Jefferson Exchange, with talk with Jim Reiland, contributing author of the California Straw Building Association’s new book, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction. A twelve-year volunteer effort by CASBA members, this book is a comprehensive guide to designing and building with this locally abundant, annually renewable, non-toxic, carbon sequestering building material. Building with straw bales has been in the Oregon Building Code since 2001, and this book shows the many effective ways to construct plastered straw bale wall assemblies that create energy efficient, long lasting, beautiful buildings. Tune in!

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

California Straw Building Association and West Coast Natural Building Conference

CASBA’s annual conference will be held at Westerbeke Ranch near Sonoma, California. We’ll feature presentations on a wide variety of topics related to natural buildings: introduction to straw bale and light straw clay construction, overcoming barriers to building with straw, career paths in natural building, plastering, and much more. Kick-off and Keynote Speakers, more specific presentation topics, and hands-on conference activities to be announced.

Over one-hundred home-owners, architects, designers, engineers, and builders gather to share recent developments in straw building systems, codes, and finance and insurance issues related to building with straw.  Block out the dates!

Visit the CASBA website www.strawbuilding.org by early Janaury, 2019 for more information.

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Rainwater Catchment System Design

Interested in capturing and storing rainwater for irrigation? Partici­pants will learn about rainwater catchment system components, beneficial uses, appropriate collection surfaces, pre-storage filtration, and tank storage options. Bring a calculator and your project ideas, including a site plan showing roof(s), possible tank locations and use areas (e.g. garden or landscape plants). Property elevation changes and roof angles are also helpful. Our discussion will also include cost-effective ways to reduce run-off, pros and cons of different designs, and project examples.

For anyone interested in capturing and using rainwater at home looking for practical instruction for designing and building your own water catchment system.

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center, Ashland, Oregon

COST FREE

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Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Straw Bale Building

Almost 40% of all energy used in the United States is for heat­ing, cooling and operating buildings. Nearly 10% more is used to manufacture construction materials. Building a new home is one of the most environmentally costly things we do because it has immediate and ongoing impacts! Energy efficient homes made from carbon sequestering materials like straw can help us live more sustainably. Learn how straw bale buildings are designed and built. Presentation includes details explaining construction techniques, options, and a look at a few of nearly 50, permitted, straw bale homes in Jackson County.

For prospective home owners, designers, architects, or contrac­tors interested in learning how straw bale buildings are designed and built.

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center, Ashland, Oregon

COST FREE

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Sep
14
to Sep 16

Clay Plaster Workshop

This is a 3-day Clay Plaster workshop where we will apply clay plasters on a small straw bale farm building under construction at Soul Food Farm near Vacaville, California. Soul Food Farm is a woman run farm that produces organic olive oil, lavender oil, flowers, and eggs.

The plastering instructors are Yoshi Makino and Kathy Gregor. Yoshi is a professional plasterer with many years of natural plastering under her belt. Kathy is an experienced finish plasterer with a talent for plaster ornamentation. In this workshop, we will be using the native clay soil as a base material for the plaster. Participants will get hands on experience through all stages of the plastering on the building. We will mix and apply the scratch coat, the brown coat and the finish coat. We will also have the opportunity  to try relief plaster and ornamentation.

The goal of the workshop is to  provide a broad experience to beginning plasterers. A mix of instruction time, hands on experience along with a handout will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building and plasters.. Evenings will allow for  photo presentations and additional question/answer time.

Cost:   

$325. Students and early birds who register by September 1st get a reduced workshop fee of $245. Attendees receive one year of CASBA membership.  Existing CASBA members receive an additional one year of membership free. Price includes meals during workshop and free camping at site

For registration details visit the California Straw Building Association, www.strawbuilding.org. 

I'll be there to help run the mixer, manage materials, and put plaster on the walls.  Contact me if you have any questions, or if you want to ride share from S. Oregon!

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Apr
13
to Apr 15

California Straw Building Association West Coast Natural Building Conference

CASBA WEST COAST NATURAL BUILDING CONFERENCE – APRIL 13-15, 2018

This year's conference will be held at Camp Ocean Pines near San Louis Obispo.  Presentations about building with straw (straw bale, straw-clay, cob), fire resistant building design features, challenges with financing and insuring structures made with natural materials, and much more!    Visit CASBA's website for conference topic updates and registration information.   https://www.strawbuilding.org/event-2791185   

Contact me if you're interested in ride-sharing from S. Oregon.

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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Building Sustainable Homes with Straw Bales

Almost 40% of all energy used in the United States is for heating, cooling,and powering buildings, and an additional 10% is used to manufacture construction materials; building a new home is one of the most environmentally costly things we do because it has immediate and ongoing impacts! Energy efficient homes made with carbon sequestering materials like straw can help us live more sustainably. Learn how straw bale buildings are designd and built. Presentation includes details explaining construction techniques and options, with several images from Jackson County's nearly forty permitted straw bale homes.

Ashland North Mountain Park Nature Center.  Please register online or call the NatureCenter at 541-488-6606.

 

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Oct
7
to Oct 8

Eugene Straw Bale Workshop

Straw Bale Workshop in Eugene!   Oregon's first full-scale commercial building will be a hybrid of wood framing and straw bale insulation, with interior clay plaster.   Two hands-on workshop weekends for anyone interested in learning about this unique wall system, and lending a hand.  Free.  Go to CASBA's website, www.strawbuilding.org,  for more information and to register.

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Rain Water Catchment Systems Design Class

Rainwater Catchment System

Design

Interested in capturing and storing rainwater for

irrigation? Participants will learn about rainwater

catchment system components: beneficial uses,

appropriate collection surfaces, pre-storage filtration,

and tank storage options. Bring a calculator and

your project ideas--site plan showing roof(s) and possible

tank location use areas, (e.g. gardens etc.), property

elevation changes etc. Includes discussion of cost

effective ways to reduce run-off, design trade-offs, and

project profiles. Please register online or call the Nature

Center at 541-488-6606.

AGES 16 & Up

DAY Thursday

DATE Jun 29

TIME 6-8 PM

PLACE Ashland's North Mountain Park Nature Center

COST $7

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May
4
to May 7

California Straw Building Association Conference

This year's CASBA Conference will be held in Marin.  Oregonians interested in carpooling will leave from the Ashland-Jacksonville Area on Thursday morning, May 4th, and return late on Sunday May 7th.   Approximately one-hundred home-owners, architects, designers, engineers, and builders gather to share recent developments in straw building systems, codes, and finance and insurance issues related to building with straw.   Visit www.stawbuilding.org for more information, and to register.

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Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

Straw Bale Buildings--Beyond Energy Efficiency!

Medford Green Drinks holds monthly meetings at Capers Restaurant in Medford. The February 20th presentation will explore recent developments in straw bale building, and discuss the promise of natural building materials like straw to reduce the climate change impacts of construction by lowering a home's embodied energy and sequestering carbon.

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