Natural Building refers to the use of materials in the building process that is locally sourced, natural and kind to the environment. Natural buildings typically produce much of their own energy through the smart use of materials and combination of passive design features to enhance insulation and thermal mass properties. In this way natural buildings are more sustainable as they have a lower carbon footprint, not only during the building process, but for the duration of its lifespan. By their nature, natural buildings have a more positive social impact as they do not rely on purchasing materials with a high embodied energy; thus contributing to local job creation and training.
Natural materials have been used in buildings for thousands of years, across the globe. Some form part of our national landscape and are an important part of our heritage. They can contribute to social cohesion as building, living and working in them requires a positive energy and fun approach to teamwork. Participating in the life of a natural building is a sensory and tactile experience; building one requires knowledge of materials and how they work together. Natural materials come from nature, and the building thus connects you to the earth that it came from. The materials are alive, healthy and breathe and the spaces that they craft are simple, yet dynamic and elegant in nature; seamlessly integrated with surrounding spaces, including food gardens and the natural environment.