GEIGER RESEARCH INSTITUTE of SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
- Promoting natural building, and sustainable design and development, through research, training, education and consulting services.
|Over one billion people
lack decent shelter, according to the United Nations. As our forests and
other natural resources are rapidly depleted, and as global warming worsens,
our mission becomes more evident and even more pressing.
The Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building is devoted to finding solutions to the world's housing problems. We believe the answer lies in education - helping others help themselves.
Please join us in our efforts to create a more just, sustainable world. "If everyone makes a difference, the world will be different."
|Kelly and Rosana Hart's
house, viewable at GreenHomeBuilding.com,
is an excellent example of sustainable building that features the use of
local and recycled materials, an earth-bermed pantry and solar design.
The Ecological Building Network have completed a fire test that should help mainstream strawbale construction.
The New Mexico building codes for straw-clay, compressed earth block and adobe have been added to our Publications page, along with the new ICC bamboo codes.
Free emergency shelter plans have been developed to meet the housing crisis in Pakistan: Shelter Plans, Earthbag Dome Building. More information is posted on our November 5 blog.
Dr. Owen Geiger, the Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building, unveiled the first comprehensive plan to eliminate poverty housing at two recent events. Contact us if you are interested in future presentations.
A tsunami relief housing design is under development. There are openings on the design team for a few more specialists. Dr. Lisa Wipplinger of the US Military Academy is collaborating on the project. Click here to read the preliminary report.
To learn more, click on What's New.
|Natural building workshops
at the Geiger Research Institute are designed for natural builders, architects,
educators, designers and anyone interested in building low-tech, affordable
housing. Although everyone's skill level will vary, these workshops are
excellent for gaining practical experience in each aspect of natural building.
No new workshops are planned for 2006. Instead, our focus is on providing online training to reach students world-wide. See Straw-Bale Certification and Training.
Go to Workshops for more details.
|Straw-Bale Construction Certification|
|Become a certified builder
in straw-bale construction with training from the Geiger Research Institute.
This distance learning program enables students to obtain certification
entirely over the Internet by combining hands-on experiences with assignments
from books, videos and other resources. To learn more, click on Straw-Bale
A shorter straw-bale construction training course is now available. See our Training page.
|Download low-cost, sustainable
house plans directly from the Internet. This section is currently under
development, with additional plans coming soon. Click here to view the House
|Sustainable Building Electronic Directory|
|This section has links
to hundreds of free sustainable building articles on the Internet. If you
have a recommended article, please let us know so we can expand this section
in the future. This directory now features a search engine. To view these articles, visit the Sustainable
Building Electronic Directory.
|Consulting services are
available for medium and large-scale affordable, sustainable housing projects.
Native American projects and international projects with collaborating NGOs,
in particular, are invited. Click here for
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE BUILDING