Welcome to EBNet

Developing and promoting healthy, low-carbon building for 22 years

Ecological Building Network is an open group of engineers, builders, and architects developing and disseminating best technologies for the built environment. Whether you are building a straw bale house in Argentina, a low-income village with shipping containers in Shanghai, or a concrete office structure in Sacramento, we provide information that will help reduce the negative impacts of your buildings on the environment, while preserving health and safety. 

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We're creating education media to get the word out...

We are excited about our newest effort - production and distribution of targeted educational materials for engineering and architectural students, as well as other professionals, who are currently working with the knowledge base of the past century. We aim to provide future designers and builders with the tools they need to help absorb as much as 15 gigatons of carbon, using 21st century methods. MORE


Build Beyond Zero; New ideas for carbon-smart architecture

Published in 2022, our latest effort has made some big waves!

"Build Beyond Zero is a timely and deeply informative tour d'horizon of the ways to build structures of all kinds so they avoid or capture and store carbon emmissions. Mixing humor and deep knowledge, King and Magwood sketch out a compelling story of how humans can transform their built environment. Specifically examining how we use wood, cement, plastics, and other materials, they show an innovative path forward to meet our most demanding climate goals. In the face of widespread inertia, this book strikes just the right tone of can-do optimism with a touch of history and philosophy. Down to earth and visionary." - Jerry Brown, former Governor of California

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Bruce King: Engineeer Inspired Nation's First Low-Carbon Concrete Code

Winner in Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmakers of 2019. Sadly, the pandemice prohibited us from traveling to New York City to receive the honor, but work has begun on a national version.


Origins and Stories of Embodied Carbon Work in Buildings

A zoom conversation with Pliny Fisk, Bruce King, Ann Edminster, Ed Mazria and Kate Simonen as they discuss embodied carbon in buildings as a huge driver of climate change. This video is about 1.5 hours long and covers a lot of ground! It was recorded on November 16, 2020.

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The New Carbon Architecture
Building to Cool the Planet

From New Society Press 

Some of the world's leading voices in low-carbon building solutions expand our understanding that the so-called embodied carbon of building materials matters a great deal more than anyone thought in the effort to reverse climage change.