Presentation: Alternative Building Materials
As we continue our evolving understanding of building science principles as they relate to high performance buildings and reducing our built form's impact on the planet it is ironic that "everything old is new again". The question becomes are natural, locally/regionally sourced, non-toxic, bio-based wall assemblies possible in our cold weather climate region of the U.S? Can these types of building envelope systems be effective without causing hygro-thermal performance and assembly durability issues? Join us for a NBF conclave live webinar presentation by a leading national expert that will provide an understanding of two fundamental natural materials: straw and clay. This presentation will describe material properties and a methodology for using each of them appropriately in cold, wet climates and still avoid moisture, rot and mold issues. Individuals pursuing local straw bale projects will be on hand to share their knowledge as well. Come and learn how yes, in fact it is possible!
Presenter: Sigi Koko, Down to Earth Design
Date/Time: May 2, 2013 / 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cost: Absolutely Free
Location: 179 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability is a resource dedicated to helping people understand the options available for designing, building and occupying structures that offer environmentally friendly alternatives, energy efficient products and improved indoor air quality. AES is dedicated to helping people understand the options available for designing, building and occupying structures that offer environmentally friendly alternatives, energy efficient products and improved indoor air quality.
AES is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of providing sustainable building education to the general public and building industry. Due to the need and the emerging interest of green practices, LEED, and sustainability AES has grown and now serves communities throughout the United States. We are the premiere LEED for Homes Service Provider in the Midwest.
Builders and Remodelers of Greater Ann Arbor
The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG Ann Arbor), established in 1956, represents more than 300 members and is committed to high standards for the housing industry. Through networking opportunities, education, marketing, activism, and events, we connect businesses and the public in effort to improve our community.