Healthy homes from natural materials, inspired by the simplicity of the past

Wednesday 24 April 2019


The Talk

Learn how using natural materials can create healthy living and working environments with excellent indoor air quality, that are cosy, delightful and easy to heat. This talk focuses on building with straw, either in the artisan way as a self/community build, or with pre-fabricated panels for speed. It will show you the range of what is possible with this traditional material, as it has been adapted for 21st century living. You will find out why there are no mould or condensation problems in these houses, how you can build completely without cement (even the foundations), how they can reach Passive House standards, and why their owners love them so much!

The Speaker

Barbara Jones pioneered the idea and inspiration of strawbale natural building in the UK in 1994 and has led the growing movement to improve our built environment and speak out about the problems and health risks of certain manufactured products and practices that are widely used today. She is internationally recognised for her work in developing the design of strawbale buildings using only natural materials, speaks at International conferences, and has a wide network of colleagues and contacts within her field. Alongside her passion for building, Barbara is also internationally acclaimed for developing a unique and empowering way of teaching practical skills on building sites.

She is the author of Building with Straw Bales, a manual for architects and self-builders, that has been continuously in print since 2002, last revised and updated in 2015.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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