If you have a company in the UK offering a service in the construction industry such as design, building, consultancy, engineering, materials supply or training, or if you are another specialist organisation, then simply fill out the request form below or email us and we will send you a full membership application pack.
Companies applying for Building Naturally membership will only be considered if they specialise in sustainability and the use of natural materials in construction. In order to become a member you will need to commit to following the Building Naturally Principles and pay an annual fee.
Meet the team
Those connected to building naturally are committed to creating efficient, healthy spaces that don’t cost the earth. Together, we are a community of highly environmentally conscious people and our work focuses on reducing local and global impacts, lowering CO2 emissions and minimising energy consumption wherever possible.
There are many approaches to sustainability in the construction industry, but building naturally is the only way to ensure your project is taking into account all the principles of environmental, social and economic long-term responsibility.
A ‘low-tech’ way of building involves putting materials first and considering carefully from the outset the efficiency and natural performance of the design and materials. Natural materials typically have a very low embodied energy and are breathable (vapour permeable), creating healthy spaces with a low environmental impact.
Transport is responsible for vast quantities of CO2 being released into the atmosphere contributing to climate change, and usually relies on non-renewable fossil fuels. It is one of our key principles to help re-localise communities by strengthening local economies, supporting local food and fuel production, and to encourage sustainable lifestyles through the built environment for a post-peak-oil future.
We believe that the construction industry can change for a better future by decreasing the use of high-energy materials and techniques, and moving towards building with natural and local materials.
Members of Building Naturally are committed to a set of principles, aiming to create beautiful spaces using local, natural materials. We are a community of highly environmentally conscious people and all of our work has a strong ethic to reduce local and global impact, lower CO2 emissions and minimise energy consumption wherever possible.
By using a 'low-tech' approach to building, members aim to put materials and design first. The materials they recommend for use in construction will have a low embodied energy (i.e. use very little energy to make/process, such as natural materials) and will be as local as possible. The design will cleverly use the materials and site to optimise building performance and efficiency, whilst never compromising on comfort or aesthetic.
'High-tech' material solutions for constructing 'eco-buildings' are often energy intensive to produce, despite their potential high performance when in use. These might include plastics, metals or man-made fibres. We prefer to avoid these materials wherever possible, as there is almost always a more natural alternative that performs just as well, if not better, and is much kinder on the environment, (not to mention occupant health).
Transport is responsible for vast quantities of CO2 being released into the atmosphere contributing to climate change, and currently relies on non-renewable fossil fuels. It is one of our key principles to help re-localise communities by strengthening local economies, supporting local food and fuel production, and to encourage sustainable lifestyles through designing and building for a post-peak-oil future.
Renewable energy technologies are to be encouraged, where possible, to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels during the use of buildings.