Interview With a Natural Builder #3: Sigi Koko

The number one misunderstanding is about the difference between insulation and thermal mass. Insulation slows the flow of energy from one side of the wall to the other and a thermal mass is an energy battery that stores heat or cold and releases it slowly. I see almost every day someone describing cob or rammed earth as insulative when those materials are strictly thermal mass.

Interview with a natural builder #2: Charlie Rendall

His only previous experience in the building trades were a few home carpentry projects, and his master's degree in Social Anthropology wasn't of much help with the hands on aspect. The house he moved into had been built by his partner who also had no previous building experience before starting on the home, and so Charlie was encouraged to see that at least the basics of construction might be approachable for a beginner.

Interview With a Natural Builder #1: Jan Afton

 “I had money, but it was all in the market,”she told me with a laugh, “so I started researching what it would take to build everything myself.” Already in her sixties, Jan got to work, not only building adobes, but going as far as to take, and pass, the required tests to become a permitted electrician and plumber on her project.