Design~Build~Live was created by and for those who desire to live full, joyful lives that support the human spirit and honor the Earth and all her beings. We seek to design and build our homes, buildings, landscapes and entire lives thoughtfully, respectfully and beautifully.
Design~Build~Live exists to share, practice, promote and nurture natural building and sustainable living.
We believe that sustainable building and living is essential for a quality of life now and in the future, in our region and every part of the planet.
Our vision is to serve as a vehicle for discovery, learning and integration of sustainable and regenerative life practices that reflect values such as:
- Regionally appropriate built environments that are healthy and ecologically sound
- Simpler, richer, more satisfying living
- Respect for all living beings and the Earth
- Focus on locally and regionally sourced resources, both human and material
In 1992 a grassroots group in Austin, Texas sprang from the “green” enthusiasm of advisors to a fledgling City of Austin Green Building Program. This group organized itself as the Sustainable Building Coalition (SBC). The SBC successfully pursued its mission to educate its members and the general public on sustainable building.
To broaden its educational scope and impact, the SBC has evolved into Design~Build~Live (DBL). DBL holds close its roots in sustainable building as it takes sustainability beyond the walls.
If you’ve gotten to this page because you were looking for the Straw Bale Association of Texas or Sustainable Building Coalition of Austin, Texas-based groups (SBAT and/or SBC), look no further: these groups have combined and evolved into an even bigger, more interesting endeavor: Design~Build~Live. Many of the key people involved with the two earlier groups are a part of DBL.