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 individuals and communities trained to house themselves.To this end, we organize and promote hands-on workshops and learning events, create educational books, CD-ROMs and videos. and partner with other organizations to build affordable sustainable housing. Since our inception in 1999, we have organized and supported projects from Mexico, to Israel, South Africa, Siberia, and Mongolia, and Native American land… (read more)Free Email Newsletter
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The BWB Strawbale
Created for a summer 2008 exhibition in Washington D.C. the Builders Without Borders’ Straw-bale Eco-house remained at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) on the National Mall, through the fall and winter. In March 2009, the building was lifted with a crane and lowered onto a waiting trailer, which transported it to a location in nearby Maryland.
The BWB Ecohouse has become part of a Breathwork Healing Center in Upper Marlboro,Maryland.
See up-to-date photos at: www.breathworkstudio.blogspot.com
Educational Resources Fund Builders Without Borders created a Strawbale Construction Curriculum, and donates this training manual, plus other books and videos, to worthy people and projects, and offers scholarships to BWB workshops for dedicated students.Free consultation and educational materials have been provided to Navajo, Hopi, and Lakota tribes, as well as projects in Mexico, Mongolia, China, South Africa, Argentina, and Siberia. To help us continue this educational outreach, you can earmark a Donation to the BWB Educational Resources Fund.Builders Without Borders is a project of NetWorks Productions, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.
BWB members designed and led the hands-on construction of two
straw-bale demonstration buildings in the Altai region of southern Siberia. Read more.
Sustainable Rebuilding In Post-Earthquake Nepal
BWB’s team is actively promoting safe, affordable rebuilding in rural Nepal.
BWB has developed partnerships with Nepali institutions, other NGOs and Nepali communities, and has completed model sustainable building plans that utilize straw, earth, bamboo and other local materials.
The Nepali people are ready to rebuild. For more information, and how you can help see our latest newsletter.
BWB’s Strawbale House Design for Nepal
Shake-table tested, highly insulating straw bale wall system with bamboo trusses.
BWB’s first bales in Nepal. Made locally from rice straw.
Sustainable Rebuilding Solutions for Haiti:
Internet & Community Center:
BWB has partnered with Help Hayti for the design of an Internet & Community Center for the rural community of Terre Froide. It will use local materials (stone, bamboo, earth plasters) and feature photovoltaic and rainwater catchment systems. It is seen as a prototype for other rural communities in Haiti.
Ti Kay Pay:
Builders Without Borders’ Haiti team, led by architect Martin Hammer and builder Andy Mueller, completed its first project in March 2011 in Port-au-Prince. BWB’s Ti Kay Pay (Small Straw House) is the first straw bale building in Haiti.
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GreenSpace Collaborative in partnership with Builders Without Borders’ Haiti team completed its second alternative structure in Port-au-Prince in February 2012.
The Senp Kay (Simple House) utilizes prefabricated, tilt-up, plastic bottle panels and light straw-clay walls. This modular wall design incorporates the structural integrity and efficiency of the tilt-up panel, the creative repurposing of plastic bottles, and the simplicity of light straw-clay infill.