The EcoNest Home: Designing & Building A Light Straw Clay House


By: Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte, New Society Publishers



An EcoNest is not just a home – it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology, bringing together time-honored traditions and modern innovations for the best of both worlds. This unique approach to construction combines light straw clay, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters, and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary.

The EcoNest Home is a complete theoretical and practical guide for prospective designers and builders, including:

  • A detailed explanation of the nature-based science behind EcoNests
  • Fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions to guide you through construction
  • Dozens of inspiring photos of completed projects

The most comprehensive North American resource on light straw clay construction, written by its leading proponents, The EcoNest Home is a must-read for anyone considering building their own healthy, affordable, environmentally friendly, natural home.

Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte are the creators of the EcoNest concept. Robert has built over 50 houses using the EcoNest system and has trained hundreds of professional builders and aspiring owner-builders in using the techniques. Paula has worked as the architect for the EcoNest Company for nearly two decades and is the primary author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House.

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