speaker-info

John Swearingen

California Straw Building Association

New Society Publishers

www.strawbuilding.org/

John Swearingen has been designing and building homes and community and religious architecture throughout the United States for more than 40 years. An early pioneer in solar design and the use of natural materials, his firm, Skillful Means, built the first permitted straw bale building in California. Swearingen has designed, built, and consulted on more than 75 projects since then. His experience with a wide range of materials and techniques has been applied to developing efficient and sound straw bale wall system detailing.

John will be speaking at the Oregon Fairs

Workshops

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Straw Bale Buildings Beyond Energy Efficiency!

Almost 40 percent of all energy used in the United States is for heating, cooling, and operating buildings. Nearly 10 percent 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! Learn how straw bale buildings create healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient, carbon-sequestering, beautiful structures from a locally sourced, annually renewable agricultural byproduct. This workshop draws from Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction, a book by the California Straw Building Association, and it covers the building science behind these remarkable structures (and how they are designed and built). It's a great introduction for those considering truly sustainable building.

Available In:

Oregon, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage

Beauty from an Agricultural Byproduct: Energy-efficient buildings from straw!

North America grows enough straw-producing grain crops that we could build more than 1 million energy-efficient homes each year from this annually renewable carbon-storing building material. Plastered straw bale walls create depth and texture quite different from the flat surfaces found in most buildings today: They feel more alive. The walls give weight to a building, and create opportunities for rounded corners and soft edges, for window seats that place people on the edge of inside and outside. They foster sensory nourishment. Learn how these remarkable buildings are designed and built. This presentation draws from Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction, a book by the California Straw Building Association, and it covers the building science behind these remarkable structures. It's a great introduction for those considering truly sustainable building.

Available In:

Oregon, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage