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Welcome to the Source!

The BuildWell Source is an online, user-built library of low-carbon building. We built it so you could more easily find out about alternatives like straw bales, adobe, shipping containers, and many other types of free or inexpensive materials that have no commercial sponsor — no one to study and promote them. There is a huge and quickly growing body of engineering knowledge and practical experience with low-carbon building, but that knowledge is widely dispersed and hard to find.

Please help build the Source by adding whatever resources may lurk in your (virtual) file cabinets, making this an ever more robust nexus supporting anyone interested in healthy, low-carbon building -- from disaster relief to high-rise projects. Share what you have, find what you need, and then comment and rate the resources you use. The more you share, the easier it gets for everyone from now on!

Watch our short video introduction!


The BuildWell Source is a project of the Ecological Building Network, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Education Media

Getting the Word Out! We are excited to introduce Ecological Building Network's latest effort - production and distribution of targeted educational materials for engineering and architectural students, as well as other professionals.




 Straw, Bamboo, Hemp, Wood, Stone, and more


concrete blocksManufactured

Materials resulting from some sort of processing


Other Sections


NEW! Project collaborations with international partners promoting shared goals


Real Goods copyDesign

Building Science, Life Cycle Analysis, Low Carbon, Health and Toxicity, more



Reviews, rating systems, products we like, and more




The Buildwell Source is a project of the 
Ecological Building Network
a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

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website by Sarah King Communications

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