RFL rookie or regular?
Regular; this is Bryant’s fourth time in the Library.
I participate in natural building projects — reviving old world building projects that have proven the test of time.
Also known as ‘green building on steroids,’ natural building strives to be more accessible than conventional green building, which is commonly expensive and technologically complex.
In Austin, Bryant is part of a grassroots community that practices natural building. She organizes tours at her Earthbag home (photos above) in East Austin. The house, according to the website, uses “polypropylene, burlap or another bag material to hold dirt that very closely resembles adobe and cob.” Bryant also puts on different building workshops.
What she’s searching at the Library:
Bryant is researching grants for the formation of a sustainable natural building school and a neighborhood development coalition (she has plans to partner with a nonprofit or create her own). Her main funding searches include sustainability, environmental protection, education and affordable housing.
I have a strong desire to try and help the building style become more mainstream.
Bryant sees natural building as a mainstream solution to affordable housing and a way to build in an environmentally conscious way. Students at the sustainable school would build their own houses, with contractors becoming their mentors. The houses would feature low water-use yards and low environmental impact building design. Best of all, many Austinites are excited about the prospect.
“There is a need,” Bryant said. “The following is passionate and very interested.”
Thanks for the interview, Thea! What a great way to use the RFL’s resources.