2018 Earth Building Conference

“Houses that don’t cost the earth”

is EBAA’s 2018 Earth Building Conference theme which presents the opportunity for all of us to share in a 3-day programme of workshops, seminars and papers on the subject of affordable and sustainable housing through the use of natural and unfired earth.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • affordable earth homes
  • owner built earth housing
  • design features that assist in keeping the costs down
  • light earth, mudbrick and rammed earth wall construction
  • co-housing / sweat equity earth building approaches and schemes
  • earth building approaches and systems to reduce construction costs
  • what makes earth such an ideal material to create an affordable home
  • other topics to be announced

Key Note Speaker:

Prof . Dr. Gernot Minke – Rostock Germany.

Gernot Minke is the first world benchmark in terms of sustainable or natural construction. Gernot Minke has carried out more than 50 research and development projects in the field of ecological constructions, low-cost housing, establishing the scientific properties of unfired earth (material characterisation) and earth construction techniques  including cob, rammed earth, mud brick and clay renders, earth reinforcement with natural fibers and bamboo and green roofs. He has been invited as a speaker to more than 60 international conferences and has given numerous lectures, courses and workshops in various countries of the world. 

Please go to our  Presenters and Programme page to see all of the presenters.

3 day programme:

A day of talks / seminars / discussion /lectures, 

A day of demonstrations of how to do it ( how to make and lay mud bricks, how to build in rammed earth walls and how to build in cob and also other earth building techniques demonstrated / explained),

A day of visiting local existing successful unfired earth buildings.

Tour of local earth building(s)

To see the programme, go to our Presenters & Programme page.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for potential papers and workshop presentations.  Please contact us to register your interest

This conference attracts Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, if you need those.

Dates and Venue for the 2018 Earth Building Conference:

The conference is held over 3 days 28, 29, 30 September 2018 at Bamarang Bush Retreat, which is near Nowra in the Shoalhaven area south of Sydney, in NSW.  

The conference venue, Bamarang Bush Retreat, is a large group of mud brick buildings. Accommodation in these mud brick buildings is included for conference attendees who wish.  All meals are fully catered with delicious local produce prepared and cooked by EBAA catering members at the venue. Evening fireside  music often completes the day.

Technical experts of many decades experience are continuously in attendance and all earth building questions can and will be answered.

Come for one day or 2 days or for all 3 days. Everyone is welcome.


    3-day Conference Package Deal (Includes attendance, lunch, snacks and dinner)

            Individual non-member      $ 350/person

            EBAA member                    $ 290/person

            Student/Unwaged              $ 200/person

            Group of 3 or more            $ 315/person

     Accommodation on site is available at a very affordable price (from $45 to $210 for 2 or 3 nights, breakfast included)

     If unable to come for the whole 3 days, you can build your own package at standard rates. Details provided in the booking window.

Registration is extended up to midnight of 20th September 2018.  We are close to getting fully booked.  So if you wish to book after this date, please contact us for availability.


By Email
Email EBAA Conference Team

By Phone
0429 321 104

By Mail 
EBAA Admin
Earth Building Association of Australia
P.O. Box 14
St Georges Basin NSW 2540

About EBAA:

The Earth Building Association of Australia (EBAA ) supports well designed sustainable and affordable high thermal mass buildings that are net zero carbon and require little or no energy for thermal comfort, Australia wide. Such buildings are commercially available or able to be built by owner builders themselves, over most of Australia. Learn how to get such a home designed and built or ideas on how to build it yourself from the Earth Building Association of Australia

See improved thermal performance and less greenhouse gas emission from an unfired earth wall building.  Also…Rather than the endless insulation and sealing of buildings to lessen air conditioning costs, EBAA proposes building with thick massive unfired earth walls, climatically well designed and free running.  At the same time using sustainable, economic and low embodied energy, earth building methods.  The aim is low carbon in construction and in lifetime running of the buildings to overall be carbon neutral, as well as meeting other sustainable and healthy building and affordability metrics.