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Building with Local and Alternative Materials - Green Materials, Alternative Materials, Salvaged Materials

Building with Local and Alternative Materials - Green Materials, Alternative Materials, Salvaged Materials

Credit: Tom Adams Bruce King Enlarge Close In his 35 years as a structural engineer, Bruce King has built many, many structures—from high-rises in San Francisco to aircraft in Miami to resorts in Tahiti. But it wasn’t until he was asked to design the Real Goods Solar Living Center in California in the early 1990s that he realized that you could use something other than Portland cement to construct a structurally sound building. Using materials like straw bale and recovered fly ash to build the Solar Living Center instantly resonated with King, who has always hated the wastefulness of the construction industry. “I’ve always been kind of obsessive about not throwing anything away and wanting to reuse everything,” he says. Now, 20 years later, you can find King traveling around North America giving daylong seminars on how to build homes with natural materials like clay or wha...

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