Seven Springs


Workshops/Speakers: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

September 12-14, 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.

Building With Mud
Chris McClellan - Natural Cottage Project
Come get muddy with your MOTHER in this hands-on, interactive demonstration. See why more than half of the houses in the world are built from local clay soil. Get your hands (and feet) into the mix in our kid-friendly clay pit or try sculpting your own miniature earthen house at our play table. Regional natural building experts will be on hand to answer questions.

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.

Conduct a Home Energy Audit and Start Saving
Evaluate your home’s energy performance and learn the skills to conduct a DIY home energy audit. Then, learn the top 16 efficiency projects you can implement immediately to start saving today.

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