2012 CBOAC: Alternate Materials, Methods & Design

Presentation by Art Ludwig followed by roundtable—

WORKSHOP 3 | Half-Day Class - Afternoon Assessment, Acceptance, and Approval of Alternate Materials and Methods of Construction Beginning with an understanding of the emerging ris ks attributable to the built environment, this engagin g workshop will examine how we handle the situation w hen an applicant wants to use materials or methods of construction not covered in the code –or supported by an Evaluation Service Report. This workshop will provi de tools to use at your county to review application of the IBC Section 104.11 related to the assessment, acceptanc e, and approval of alternate materials and methods of construction. The intent behind these code requirem ents, along with the justification of an alternate, will be covered. Some alternates that may be covered include Straw B ale, Cob, Quincha, and Wattle-and-Daub construction.

S C H E D U L E FEATURED ROUNDTABLE SPEAKERS: Jim MacDonald Ventura County Building Official Bill Kelley Marin County Building Official Art Ludwig Oasis Design

Background reading

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Historical earthen buildings



Art Ludwig's Bio (short)

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Art Ludwig has 42 years full-time experience with integrated design for water, wastewater, energy, shelter, human powered transport, finances, building codes, and policy. His specialty is complex, integrated "systems of systems."  Art has studied and worked in 27 different countries, attaining fluency in 5 languages. He has consulted for the states of New York, California, and New Mexico on water reuse policy and building codes, and given dozens of lectures and workshops. He has developed numerous innovations which have been adopted worldwide, incorporated in building codes, etc., all of which he has published unpatented into the public domain. These include the Laundry to Landscape and Branched Drain greywater systems.

He designed his own education in Ecological Systems Design, graduating from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, he developed the first cleaners specifically designed to be biocompatible with plants and soil, and founded a successful business to manufacture and distribute them. Art has authored numerous articles as well as the books "Water Storage" "Principles of Ecological Design," and "Create an Oasis with Greywater."

The past several years Art has dedicated approximately a thousand hours a year to public interest research and sustainabilty policy activism.