ISBC - 2012

2012 International Straw Builders' Conference (ISBC)

September 16 - 22, 2012

COSBA is a non-profit group of people like you who are dedicated to conserving our energy and natural resources by making safe and sound homes of local, sustainably harvested materials. Although "Straw Bale" is in our name, we support the many modalities of natural and sustainable construction. One hundred percent of our monetary resources goes to education and networking.

Register now for the 2012 INTERNATIONAL STRAW BUILDER'S CONFERENCE in Estes Park, Colorado! 
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bernard amadei

Featured Speaker Bernard Amadei

J. Straube

Keynote Speaker John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng.


The mission of the 2012 ISBC is to foster the development, improvement, education and positive impacts of straw building and related sustainable building approaches. The international nature of the conference supports the critical exchange of valuable and diverse viewpoints and experiences and enhances the opportunities for networking. And we intend to have a lot of fun.

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Speakers Selected for International 2012 Straw Builders' Conference

The Colorado Straw Bale Association's Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that in addition to our honored keynote and featured speakers -- panel facilitators, workshop presenters and support speakers have been selected during a recent planning retreat in Boulder, Colorado. Visit the Speakers page now to meet the successful candidates. Thanks to all who submitted proposals and please register for the conference today.

ISBC Keynote Speaker John Straube Honored for Work in Building Science

Dateline: February 13, 2012 from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC)

John Straube, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC).

Straube received the award as part of the Energy Value in Housing Awards event at the International Builders Show in Orlando on February 8, 2012. Cornell Professor Joseph Laquatra, NCHRC Chair, said of Straube when he presented him with the award, "John has been deeply involved in the areas of building enclosure design, moisture physics, and whole building performance as a researcher, educator, and consultant. Dr. Straube is co-author of the 2005 book, Building Science for Building Enclosures. His work in teaching building science is exemplary and is preparing a generation of engineers to produce buildings that are energy efficient, healthy, comfortable, and durable.

Workshops & Lectures

Whether you are a homeowner builder or a seasoned builder, learn the art and science of straw bale design and construction..
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