Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home (Video)

Categories: Homes / Dwellings, DIY

The Construction of a Hybrid Home is a  step-by-step guide to building a beautiful straw bale home. Take a front-row seat on the construction site, learning from the experts as they stack the straw bales and mix the mud. Learn about passive solar home design for both heating and cooling, foundations, post-and-beam wall framing, roof construction and insulation, interior adobe thermal mass walls for improved efficiency, rainwater cisterns, electrical wiring for straw bale and adobe walls, powering your home with photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electricity, and earth and clay plastering techniques for a beautiful wall finish. See how to combine energy efficiency and aesthetics, using environmentally friendly materials.

Designer/builder Ted Owens shows you the entire process of building his beautifully designed small home out of natural materials. The house shown in “Building With Awareness” has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and green building tours due to its energy efficiency and visual design. This 2 hour and 42 minute award-winning video is inspiring to those who dream of building a green home. The step-by-step instructions are easy to understand for both novice and experienced builders.

A 152-page companion book, “Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD and Guidebook,” is also available from and online bookstores.

The DVD version of "Building With Awareness" comes with hours of additional bonus material and information. You can rent the full documentary on VIMEO

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