Natural Buildings: Integrating Earthen Building Materials and Methods Into Mainstream Construction
Natural and bio-based building materials are critically needed to dramatically reduce carbon-intensive and extractive construction practices, and to improve comfort, health, and community engagement. However, despite their advantages, natural materials are not widespread. In her lecture, Ben-Alon will present her research, education, and outreach activities towards the performance and policy advancement of natural and earthen building materials. Ben-Alon’s lecture will present design-build methodologies for community participation using local clays, digital pathways to innovating earth and bio-based materiality, perception challenges and strategies for homeowners and building experts, as well as comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and policy repair endeavors towards the development of comprehensive earthen building codes.