Alan Benoit Sustainabiliity Series Presents: Building with Natural Materials

Join Alan Benoit, local architect and owner of Sustainable Design, and his guests on Thursday, February 21st at the Northshire Bookstore at 7pm, as they discuss natural building.  In this rapidly-changing world, it is important that we adopt ecologically-sensitive and resilient design and construction strategies to address global climate change and other pressing issues facing the development of the built environment. It is all the more critical to identify the role socially- and community-responsive practices play in providing long-term solutions to these ecological problems.

Ace McArleton and Jacob Deva Racusin co-owners of New Frameworks Natural Building LLC, will examine the function that natural building can play in supporting these practices. They will present the newest, cutting-edge high-performance natural building strategies that are being currently implemented by their company and others in cold, wet climates like Vermont. Finally, the results of an extensive field-based research project conducted by the presenters analyzing thermal and moisture performance of natural buildings in the northeastern United States will be shared to prove the efficacy of natural building practices as a viable solution in sustainable design and construction. This presentation will feature case study, research, building science principles, and philosophical arguments to support the role for natural building as a solution for building efficiency and resiliency.  FREE and open to the public. Visit for more information.

Event date: 

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

4869 Main St
05255 Manchester Center
The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction [With DVD] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603583398
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - May 2012