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Workshops/Speakers: Asheville, N.C.

April 12-13, 2014

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Making Better Buildings: Your Sustainable Home Come True
Chris Magwood - Endeavour Centre
The dream of building and owning your own sustainable home quickly runs into many "reality checks" as you negotiate the countless decisions required along the way. This workshop helps you to set realistic sustainable goals. Are you dreaming of low costs? High energy efficiency? Lowest carbon footprint? Best indoor air quality? Using a system that has helped many eager homebuilders prioritize and rationalize their goals, this workshop puts you on the path to better understanding the kind of home you want and how to move forward to achieve your dream sustainable home.

The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage
Chris McClellan - Natural Cottage Project
Before the Industrial Revolution our ancestors generally lived in small houses they built for themselves from local earth, stone, straw and wood, mainly because the materials were cheap or free and didn't require a great deal of specialized skill. Today's houses might be bigger and more comfortable, but they're also often toxic and expensive. For all sorts of good reasons, basic DIY shelter is making a comeback. With a little guidance, almost anyone can still build their own home with low-cost natural and scrounged materials for under $10,000 and opt out of the industrial building and mortgage rat race.

Using dirt to build communities - Awesome earthen buildings worldwide - How to do it yourself
Janell Kapoor - Ashevillage Institute and Kleiwerks International
Join an inspiring and dynamic presentation that includes: • Awesome earthen buildings from around the world, and the communities that built them • Natural building as a pathway for earthlings to be happy and live debt-free • Community placemaking and the power of people connected to place • Designing our future in relationship with self, community and nature ... building our nests • How to do it yourself, some step-by-step suggestions to making it happen back home

The Greened House Effect: Part one
Jeff Wilson - The Greened House Effect, Chelsea Green Publishing
Remodel your home with a deep energy retrofit (DER). Part one of The Greened House Effect follows the story of the Wilson family's retrofit of their 70-year-old home to reduce their energy bills by 85% while making their home a more comfortable and healthier place to live. Jeff Wilson will also cover many different techniques and technologies for achieving this kind of "weatherization on steroids" in a variety of climates around the country.

The Greened House Effect: Part two
Jeff Wilson - The Greened House Effect, Chelsea Green Publishing
Remodel your home with a deep energy retrofit (DER). Part one of The Greened House Effect follows the story of the Wilson family's retrofit of their 70-year-old home to reduce their energy bills by 85% while making their home a more comfortable and healthier place to live. Jeff Wilson will also cover many different techniques and technologies for achieving this kind of "weatherization on steroids" in a variety of climates around the country.

Building the Home of Tomorrow, Today
Steve Linton - Deltec Homes
What will the homes of our grandchildren be like? Explore the evolution of home design and how it can put us back in balance with the world around us. Discover the key attributes of tomorrow's practical, sustainable and resilient dwellings. Attendees will leave with the tools to design tomorrow's home, today.



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