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Northern Light Straw Clay Materials Science Research

Design Coalition Institute works with our colleagues at Design Coalition Architects to coordinate an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary team that is bringing new science and technology to the ancient art of building with natural materials. The videos and links below offer an overview of this research and development initiative.

The Six Minute Straw-Clay House Video
(YouTube 6 minute video)

This fun little video shows the production and use of Northern Light Straw-Clay, on-the-job with our friends from the St Croix Ojibwe Nation.

Research, Development & Dissemination
Members of our team are regularly invited to present their results at public and professional events. They are regular guests at the annual Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer Wisconsin. For more information and videos, see the MREA page at www.DesignCoalition.org.
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Bauen mit Leichtlehm 3rd Edition
Author: Dr. Franz Volhard

(Link to Amazon.com)

Our research team had the honor of sharing ideas and findings with Dr. Volhard at his office in Darmstadt Germany. The first edition of this ground-breaking book is the source of all the "Light Straw-Clay" construction technology in the US today.

This 2013 edition Includes references to our recent research findings. We are working with Dr. Volhard to prepare an English edition. Check back soon!
(see Dr. Volhard's website)

Learn more about "Light Straw-Clay" research, and our team's contribution to the recent updates to the International Residential Building Code (IRC) >>