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Watershed Materials Featured in a 5 Page Dwell Story "A Greener Building Block"

Watershed Materials is thrilled to be featured in a five page story in Dwell Magazine's October issue. The story is called "A Greener Building Block" and highlights the materials side of sustainable construction, a side often overlooked in beautiful national design magazines.

View the feature on the Dwell website and in the tearsheets below shown with a few choice quotes.

"David Easton, a pioneer in the field of rammed-earth construction, developed sturdy blocks made from recycled and waste material and then used them to build a house for himself and his wife, Cynthia Wright, in collaboration with designer Juliet Hsu."

"David Easton, the founder of a Napa, California, company called Rammed Earth Works, has built more than 300 rammed-earth homes in 35 years. He completed another in 2013, this time with one crucial difference. This rela- tively modest 3,000-square-foot house was made—without building forms— of rammed-earth blocks."

"'An inexpensive rammed-earth house had been my unrealized dream,' Easton says, 'until it dawned on me that a better concrete block—one of the most common building components
in the world, but made of earth that you could pick up and lay together to form a wall—could be more effective for modern construction.'"

"The blocks are eco-friendly and eco- nomical in other ways as well. Bonded together with a matching mortar, they require no surface finishes inside or out, and, because of their thick thermal mass, they need no artificial insulation. Thanks to the hygroscopic quality of the earth in their material composition, Watershed’s blocks act as reservoirs that absorb excess humidity when it’s wet outside and release it on drier days."

"In many ways, this essentially prefabricated structure echoes Frank Lloyd Wright’s idealized midcentury Usonian house, which he describes in his book The Natural House as being 'integral to its site, integral to its environment, integral to the life of the inhabitants.'"

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