[Strawbale] BWB workshop in Anapra, Mexico
BWBNewsletter at lists....com
Wed May 14 02:30:55 CEST 2003
Straw-Bale, Low Income Housing Workshop - Anapra, Mexico
June 30th-July 9, 2003
Builders Without Borders announces a work experience opportunity in Anapra,
a "colonia" of Juarez, Mexico. In conjunction with Casas de la Cruz (a
missionary group from Missouri, which has a 14 year history of community
projects in Anapra) architect Alfred von Bachmayr, will lead an intensive
ten day (8 work days) workshop to build a straw-bale home for a local
family. This is an opportunity to learn about natural building by doing,
while experiencing life in this border community.
This workshop will include all stages of straw-bale construction beginning
with site preparations, bale raising, window/door buck, bond beam and
pallet truss installation, wall pinning and strapping, straw ceiling
insulation, roof assembly, electrical wiring and earthen plastering.
BWB participants will interact daily with the family whose house is being
built, work side-by-side with local Mexican builders and a group of college
volunteers from St. Mark's Parish in Independence, Missouri.
Cost is $695, including meals, dorm-style housing and instruction by BWB
facilitators who will be sharing the same housing. The workshop offers
participants the opportunity to interact with local residents, learn about
building in challenged environments and impact the lives of our neighbors
across the border.
Contact: Builders Without Borders to register at 505-895-5400, or for more
information call Tyson Reed at 505-424-0673.
More About Builders Without Borders (BWB) and the Anapra Project:
BWB is a non-profit organization that began its operations in 1999 and
consists of a group of natural builders concerned about housing people of
need around the world. Our mission is to increase the availability of
affordable and sustainable, transitional and permanent housing around the
world, in partnership with local communities.
One of Builders Without Border's goals is to train local builders to build
their own shelter through cooperative building projects. We promote the use
of straw, earth and other natural materials with the goal of decreasing the
reliance on expensive and often unavailable alternatives. We also
recognize that such housing solutions will necessarily be as varied as the
communities and individuals involved. BWB is also creating a natural
building handbook called, Building Without Borders, Sustainable
Construction for the Global Village, for use in the field, with a variety
of building techniques and options, and case studies of what has and has
not worked, in past situations. Ultimately our lessons will be shared
freely on our web site www.BuildersWithoutBorders.org to educate about
sustainable building technologies. BWB also focuses on training programs,
workshops and providing educational cross cultural experiences for volunteers.
The Anapra Project: The community of Anapra is along the border outside
Juarez, Mexico and is the home of many families who have left their homes
in other parts of Mexico and came to the area in search of a better
life. They live in houses made of discarded shipping pallets covered with
tar paper and with uninsulated roofs. Such homes are sweltering in the
summer and freezing in the winter. Straw bales, locally available for
about $1 each, are proving to be a comfortable and affordable
alternative. Anapra alone has almost 20,000 residents and Juarez is home
to more than 200 such "colonias" which are mostly inhabited by factory
workers, working just south of the border.
BWB has assisted in the building of three homes for local families. The
houses are intended to demonstrate to the residents, how to build
comfortable, well-insulated, low-cost homes out of natural and recycled
materials. They are designed to make use of passive solar heating and
utilize shipping pallets to fabricate roof trusses. The straw-bale walls
rise from foundations made from tires, stone and broken concrete known as
"urbanite." The walls are finished with earthen plasters.
The continuing program incorporates micro-credit lending for economic
development and home mortgages. Recipient families are required to
contribute time to building their homes and running community
programs. Employment for local community members is created building
components for the houses and supporting building groups that come to
Anapra. The program is intended to build cross cultural relations while
empowering a community through enterprise and the creation of comfortable
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Strawbale