Design Build Live
  • DBL takes on WATER.

    Our next monthly presentation features Lauren Ross, Ph.D, P.E., who will guide people through the design considerations of a graywater reuse system and put the record straight on some graywater myths and misconceptions. She will answer everyone’s burning questions on how to make use of this valuable resource instead of sending it down to the drain for costly, relatively ineffective and resource intensive treatment. This is the second presentation in our series geared toward water conservation.  Please join us on September 17! More info HERE  
  • Support density to minimize urban sprawl!

    Design Build Live supports small houses and development that minimizes urban sprawl. Please consider getting involved in these efforts to promote more sustainable development in Austin.  Visit the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development website for more information, including plans for a public meeting to be held September 18.  
  • What can't you do with reclaimed materials!?

    This recent Design Build Live workshop featured furniture making using salvaged and reclaimed lumber.  Each of our eager participants walked away with their own stool and information on selecting and obtaining materials, mortise and tenon joinery, and appropriate tool use.  Stay tuned for more Design Build Live workshops!
  • Let's empower the next generation with natural know-how!

    Design Build Live wants the next generation to have what we didn't: know-how. Start young and they'll always know how to build from the ever-readily accessible and creativity-inspiring resources: clay, sand and straw!  This cob bench was the result of a sweet collaboration between Brentwood Elementary School students and Design Build Live volunteers.  Stay tuned for a future shade structure workshop for "cobby the caterpillar"!
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Monthly Presentations

  • Monthly Presentation: Topic TBD Oct 15, 2014

    With only occasional interruption, we have conducted monthly presentations on topics of sustainable living and building since 1992. These have always been free (donations gratefully accepted) and open to the public, and no reservation is required. Each gathering starts with about 15 minutes of announcements and updates, followed by an in-depth presentation and questions and answers.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Rainwater Harvesting 101 Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014

    Join Jef Page and Purple Fountain Tree in east Austin on October 24-25, 2014 for a weekend of learning about rainwater harvesting! Open to all levels of experience, we will cover the design and hands-on installation of a simple collection system on a typical residential property. DBL members receive 20% off!

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  • DBL seeks new professionals to join our team!

    Are you interested in supporting DBL's mission from behind the scenes? The volunteer-run DBL Board of Directors invites inquiries and referrals to fill the key positions of Executive Director and Information/Technology Professional. If the descriptions below pique your interest and you want your talents to serve a good cause, contact Lauren at designbuildlive dot com to discuss further. In exchange for your talents, DBL can offer you exposure, education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living!… Read More
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DBL is a member of

Texas Green Network

DBL is a member of TANO


Our supporters stand with us to create a sustainable society:

Thanks to AEN Thanks to AMD Thanks to Austin Energy Green Building Thanks to Austin Energy Green Building

Special Thanks

to TreeHouse and House & Earth for hosting our monthly presentations: