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Relevant Organizations

Ecological Building Network - the art and science of building well
http://www.ecobuildnetwork.org/
 
Development Center for Appropriate Technology
http://www.dcat.net/
 
Ontario Natural Building Coalition
http://naturalbuildingcoalition.ca/
 
California Strawbuilding Association
http://www.strawbuilding.org/

Resources for Engineers

These are good starting points for a practicing engineer designing with natural materials for the first time. By no means is this list exhaustive, nor is it necessarily up to date.


Straw Bale
Bruce King - "Design of Straw bale Buildings" - 2006
Chris Magwood & Chris Walker - "Straw Bale Details" - 2009

Bamboo
Propietary products Manufacturer Data sheets
ICBO AC162 - "Acceptance Criteria for Structural Bamboo" - 2000
NOTE: Species of bamboo important for design criteria

Cordwood
Rob Roy - "Earth-Sheltered Houses; How to Build an Affordable Underground Home" - 2006
Rob Roy -"Cordwood Building" - 2009
Rob Roy - Earth Wood Building School www.corwoodmasonry.com
Kris Dick - "Stackwall: How to Build it" - 1997

Small diameter Timber
Kris Dick PhD Thesis


Hempcrete
Rachel Bevan & Tom Wooley - "Hemp Lime Construction" - 2008

Straw Clay
CMHC Research Report - "Initial Material Characterization of Straw Light Clay" - J. Thornton - 2004

Cob
ASTM C293
UBC Standard 21-9
Arizona Earthen Building Code Chapter 71
1991 New Mexico Building Code
San Diego County - Adobe Policy


General
Gernot Minke - "Construction Manual for Earthquake Resistant Houses Built of Earth" - 2001
Transportation research Board - "Guide to Earthen Construction" NRC
ASTM E2392 / E2392M - 10e1

Rammed Earth
ASTM E2392 / E2392M - 10e1
International Building Code 2114
New Zealand Design Guide to Rammed Earth
Pete Walker - "Rammed Earth Design and Construction Guidelines" - 2010
Vasilios Maniatidis & Pete Walker - "A Review of Rammed Earth Construction" - 2003

Compressed Earth Block
New Mexico Compressed Earth Block Code
Colorado Building Code Chapter 97
Earth-Auroville.com

Earth Bag
CalEarth.org
Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer - "Earthbag Building - The Tools Tricks, and Techniques" - 2004
Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building
Chris Croft - "Structural Resistance of Earthbag Housing Subject to Horizontal Loading" - 2011 (thesis)

Adobe
Earth-Auroville.com
New Mexico Building Code
Getty Seismic Adobe Project - 2006 - ISBN: 978-0-9827668-4-2

Earth-Tire
Michael Reynolds - "Earthship: How to build your own" - 1990


General
4th edition Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual - 2006 - Canadian geotechnical Society

Shallow Frost Protected
National Association of Homebuilders - "Revised builders guide to Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations" - 2004
ASCE 3201 - "Design and Construction of Frost-Protected Shallow Foundation"s - 2001