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    Community Rebuilds' mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. Visit our website, www.communityrebuilds.org, and find us Facebook.
  • ABOUT THIS BLOG

    Throughout the course of each build, this blog is a place where we share photos, videos, stories, progress updates and wild anecdotes.

    Click on a particular semester under 'categories' down and to the left OR just click on photos or post titles to read more. You can view previous posts, by month by clicking on the archives to the right, or by week by clicking on tags.

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Mile Markers

Today was the beginning of the end. The adobe floor has always sat as the final mile marker. The last big thing that had to be done on the straw bale home that we have spent the last 4 months building, and we started pouring it today. It’s fitting that the adobe floor is our … Continue reading

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The Broader Perspective

Michael Reynolds is a rock star. He has the long hair, the charisma, and the wild enthusiasm. He even has groupies, lots of them. But his celebrity doesn’t come from music (though he did take a few years off to tour with his rock band). Rather he is famous for the creation, and the more … Continue reading

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Earthships, drag queens and regular ol’ buildin’

The wind has been wild in Moab. Luckily we’re mostly working inside on Steve’s house – plastering walls, detailing the kitchen and getting ready for the final floor pour. The next step for plaster will be adding pigment… let there be color! Two weeks ago we were lucky to attend Radically Sustainable Buildings: a one-day Earthships … Continue reading

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The Web We Weave

An excerpt from the Utah Housing Coalition’s Spring 2014 newsletter. Thank you, Tara Rollins for your kind words and recognition!

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The Philosophy of Permaculture

To say that permaculture is just about plants is like saying that Socrates just talked about cities. It’s only true in the most superficial sense. Yes, most of what Plato transcribed of Socrates teachings -from The Republic, to The Apology, to The Crito- were centered around cities. But the city wasn’t the point. What makes … Continue reading

A beautiful apricot blossoms in its new home while swale builders carry on in the background. Once the tree is in the ground, we put one layer of cardboard, a thick layer of straw, and an even thicker layer of woodchip/leaf mulch. Then we top it with a hefty sprink of composted chicken or sheep manure that will seep through and feed the tree with regular watering and rain.

Think like a mountain.

Permaculture Workshop, Spring 2014 On Monday and Tuesday we learned to “think like a mountain.” During this semester’s permaculture workshop we split our time between philosophizing and digging, practicing Aikido and practicing fire building. We planted trees, established guilds and built water harvesting earthworks with the support of locals, visitors, businesses and nonprofits. Many thanks … Continue reading

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The Taming of the Bale

Like every great love affair it took quite a bit of time and preparation. A lot more preparation than any of us had expected. And during that preparation things seemed deceptively conventional; like the vixen we were pursuing was hardly the racy, alternative siren we expected. But that all changed today as Doug impaled the … Continue reading

Building Inspector Jeff Whitney gives us the thumbs up! And while you're admiring his rad hat, take a look at that RADiant floor tubing...
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In-floor Radiance

Here is a great example of an aspect of a CR home that benefits both homeowners, student-interns and the whole community. In-floor, or “radiant” heating provides an allergen-free method to heat the home. Currently, our adobe floors perform so well with our passive solar design that some CR homeowners have reported rarely turning their heat … Continue reading

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The Who

“I want each of you to tell me why you are here,” says Emily. It’s a big question. The effervescent director of Community Rebuilds looks around the circle at the 11 eclectic faces staring back at her. We are arranged in a rough circle in the homey living room of Eric and Nancy’s house. The … Continue reading

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