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Earthbuilding School

Free Resources

We are proud to serve a growing international community of

students, builders, designers, homeowners and educators

who create healthy and beautiful living spaces that don't cost the Earth. 

Want to learn more and connect to other natural building enthusiasts?

Join our Facebook group 

Ask questions and catch our livestreams on a range of natural building topics.

We have a range of FREE online learning resources which you can find on our Youtube channel or as livestreams in our Facebook group "Earthbuilding School".

The Facebook group is usually where we answer general questions, so that others can learn and offer suggestions too.

If you sign up to our mailing list, you will automatically be given access to our popular free mini-workshop "Retrofitting with Natural Materials". This will give you an idea of our teaching style and we hope that they support you on your natural building journey and bring you connection and joy!

Contemporary Building Solutions with Earth

Presentation at the "Women Revolutionizing Housing" learning and networking event hosted by Zola Rose of Common Ground.

Routes to your natural building

Links to NZ natural building associations & professionals

  • Earth Building Association of New Zealand (EBANZ) - Promoting the art and science of earth and natural building.

  • Hemp Building Association New Zealand (HBANZ) - Promoting & supporting hemp construction. Jo Say is very passionate about this method and happy to support others on their hemp building journey.

  • NZ Farm Forestry Association - Promoting the wise use of trees for profit, amenity, sustainability and the environment.

  • Common Ground - Zola Rose provide training, consulting, facilitation, & engagement to enable community-focused and collective housing developments, Nelson.

  • Natural Building Co. - Eddie Chambers is an ambitious structural engineer with a passion for earthen and natural buildings. He also facilitates natural building workshops, community events and aid projects. Based in the Bay of Plenty.

  • Solid Earth Adobe Buildings - earth building construction and brick manufacturer. Nelson based.

  • Natural Build Ōtaki - Thomas Beauchamp is a very experienced earth and natural builder, based in the Kapiti Coast.

  • Bio Build - Alan Drayton’s earth and natural building construction company. Building Biology expert. Auckland based.

  • Jimmy Cotter - Jimmy has over 25 years experience in rammed earth and has built over 60 rammed earth buildings throughout New Zealand. Wanaka based.

  • Limewave - Stephen Moller, specialist in natural plasters, renders and paints. European trained. Auckland based.

  • Stefan Warnaar - Specialising in traditional rammed earth walls and floors without cement, with techniques learnt in Europe. Also working with Tadelakt. Christchurch based.

  • Straw Home HB - Pat Mawson is an experienced straw bale builder. Current Chairman of the Earth Building Association of New Zealand. Hawke’s Bay based.

  • Ecotect - Mark Fielding Residential Design Ltd, sustainable architectural and passive solar design, Nelson

  • Peter Olorenshaw - registered architect specializing in environmentally friendly design and earthbuilding, Nelson based

  • Sol Design - Teaching, designing & consulting on straw bale building systems, Geraldine 

  • Insurance questions

  • Greenhaus Architects - BBE consultants and designers, Wellington 

  • The Little Pig Building Co -  LBP builders of enviro friendly homes and business premises, Nelson

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