Building for Community

Call for applications!

200 sqft. classroom, studio, or shelter built from locally-sourced non-toxic materials available to non-profit, farm, or business working towards a sustainable and healthy Southern Willamette Valley.  Applications due February 15th.

About Natural Building

Natural building enlists a variety of code-approved building techniques in the construction of energy efficient infrastructure using materials which have a low-carbon footprint and which are non-toxic to the occupants.  Typically Natural Building seeks locally-produced minimally-processed building materials such as wood, straw, clay, sand and stone but may also use recycled industrial building materials rescued from the waste stream.  In this way, Natural Building supports the local economy, encourages a healthy environment and prioritizes the health of the occupant.

About the Partnership

With the help of students from around the world Aprovecho constructs a 200 sqft. structure each year for a qualifying non-profit, farm or business at the subsidized cost of $15,000.  Each qualifying organization works with the Aprovecho design/build team to identify a design that best fits their needs whether it be for a classroom, studio, dwelling or more.  Construction starts in May and is finished by September.

About Aprovecho

Aprovecho Center for Research and Education in Sustainability is a research and education organization devoted to finding and promoting solutions towards a sustainable future for all since 1981.  Aprovecho delivers adult vocational trainings to students from around the world pursuing careers in the fields of sustainable design and build.  Rooted in a hands-on educational philosophy, each year the Natural Building department constructs a 200 sqft. structure while teaching the skills and techniques associated with Natural Building.  It is also Aprovecho’s desire to serve the local community by using this annual influx of student effort to serve an organization also working towards the sustainability and health of the Southern Willamette Valley.

Pictures of Past Projects

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