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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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Building Straw Bale Panels

This post was written by Spring 2017 Intern, Rachel Fixsen. A few weeks ago we went on a field trip to Fruita, Colorado, to visit Dave Swinger and check out his SSIP project. Dave Swinger (“Farmer Dave”) bales and delivers the straw we use for CR builds. SSIP stands for Straw bale Structural Insulated Panels. … Continue reading

Homeowner Success Story | Kelli Quinn

This post was written by Spring 2017 Moab homeowner, Kelli Quinn. In 2014 I moved to Moab, Utah for a Student Conservation Experience (SCA) internship with the National Park Service which turned into a full time, year round job as of 2015. After living in several different housing situations (some good and some unfortunate) during … Continue reading

Gratitude

This post was written by Spring 2017 intern, Sam Totten. Springtime is well underway here in marvelous Moab. As the mercury continues to rise, the CR team is starting earlier in the morning so we can balance our work and play. The first of the mulberries are ripening on the trees and throngs of tourists … Continue reading

Hello World

Post by Spring 2017 Intern, Marcus Henderson. Hello world, My name is Marcus and I am an intern here at Community Rebuilds (CR). I’ve only been here for three weeks but I am already falling in love with CR and Moab. On our third day here, all the CR interns and staff hiked the Portal … Continue reading

Mount Crested Butte Recap

This post is a summary of Community Rebuilds’ duplex project in Mount Crested Butte by intern Laura Moore. Community Rebuilds is a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing using straw bale construction. We were provided with housing, bulk foods, and a monthly stipend in return for our labor in building a straw bale home from … Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight | Kenya Wright

Life Since CR I completed my CR semester at the end of last June. The next six months consisted of traveling through the US while living an ultra freelance life in Brooklyn. I took my Moab lessons on minimalism to the consumerist hub of America while planning my next contributions to affordable and sustainable housing. January brought … Continue reading

The Basics of Natural Building: Bringing Low Carbon Homes to the Forefront of Energy Efficient Construction

  (This article was written for Community Rebuilds by Kaitlin Krull of  Modernize.com) As the construction industry develops and changes, the focus on energy efficiency and environmental consciousness continues to grow. While technology and home automation remain a priority for the vast majority of energy conscious contractors, a small but significant number of construction professionals … Continue reading

Community Rebuilds as a Community Resource

As Community Rebuilds continues to grow, we strive to find more ways to act as a resource for the communities we serve. We do this primarily through organizational transparency and our ever-expanding alumni network. So what do we mean by organizational transparency? Simply put, we freely share what we do, and we allow others the … Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight | Josh Raff

Life in the Trees I interned with Community Rebuilds in the Spring 14 semester and the experience was life altering. I left Moab with no real plan, besides working in the Red River Gorge so I could be back in my home state and climb as much as possible for the remainder of the year. … Continue reading

The group celebrates being done with straw!

Perfectly Imperfect

This experience at CR has so far been stunningly amazing and incredibly challenging. For someone who had studied building but never worked in construction, I knew that it would be hard. I was prepared for physical toil and baking in the sun, but I was not prepared for many other things, like giving up my … Continue reading