New Frameworks Natural Building recognizes the important role of sharing information about natural and green building with our community.  Use the links below to learn more about our published report on building performance.

                  Straw Bale Research Report                    Sample Presentation


51mbu-cdcvlEssential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design

Poor heat and moisture management are the enemies of durable, comfortable, and efficient housing, and good building design and construction starts with a solid understanding of good building science.

Essential Building Science provides a highly visual and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of building science for residential construction.

Part one covers the rationale behind high-performance design and the fundamentals of building physics, including thermal dynamics, moisture transfer, and hygro-thermal dynamics such as vapor drive and condensation.

Part two teaches the vital critical thinking skills needed to consider buildings as whole systems and to develop thermal and moisture control strategies regardless of the specifics of the design. Case studies and examples from across North American climatic zones illuminate real-life problems and offer builders, designers, and DIYers the insights and tools required for creating better new buildings and dramatically improving old ones.

Good science plus critical thinking equals high performance buildings.



Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integratie Design and Construction

Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction, offering step-by-step instructions on:

  • Siting
  • Choosing materials
  • Planning for heat and moisture
  • Developing an integrative design
  • Creating the foundation, wall system, roof, and floors
  • Protecting against fire and insects
  • Planning for acoustics
  • Selecting and making finishes
  • Plastering
  • Budgeting

…and more

Applicable to building in climates that are cold and wet, hot and dry, or somewhere in between, The Natural Building Companion offers thorough coverage of straw bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall systems–as well as earthen and stone wall systems. Integrating holistic design and permaculture principles, this fully illustrated volume informs professionals making the transition from conventional building, homeowners embarking on their own construction, or green builders who want comprehensive guidance on natural-building options.

The book, part of the The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library, is accompanied by an instructional DVD.



Final Report for Energy Performance of Straw Bale Buildings Research Project – read the report

New Frameworks Natural Building conducted an extensive building performance research testing project on seven buildings in Vermont and New York, evaluating thermal performance, air infiltration, and moisture durability using blower-door testing, infrared thermography, and pin, probe, and scan moisture testing of both plaster and straw.  The results of their research are informing best common practices for straw bale construction in the northeast.  The full report can be downloaded free here.



Sample Presentation

We have been presenting for nearly a decade in front of a wide range of audiences on topics pertaining to natural building techniques, building science, and social justice in the built environment.  We have created dozens of different presentations targeted to the audience and venue, and enjoy sharing our knowledge and experiences with both novices and professionals alike.  You can see a sample of our presentations below; please see our Presentation page or contact us for more information.