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Dignity Village kicks off natural building project!

Dignity Village has started construction on 10 new dwelling spaces. The houses feature natural and green building features such as light-straw-clay insulation, passive solar elements and rainwater catchment.

Saturday May 8th found Dignity Village kicking off the construction of 10 new light-straw-clay structures at the Village. Five of the new dwelling spaces will be constructed during the Village Building Convergence 4 (May 21-30, see cityrepair.org). The structures are framed with salvaged recycled building materials and feature natural light straw clay insulation, as well as passive solar features and rooftop rainwater harvesting.

Come on down to the Village this Sunday (May 16th) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or during the VBC4 to lend a hand or simply observe this unique construction technique. [ read the full article... ]