Baan Din Doi (in Thai: “house made from mountain soil”), is a project that was started in 2015. We want to promote a more simple, self-reliant and eco-friendly lifestyle. The project currently focus on promoting natural building techniques to foreigners and local people to spread the concept of low environmental impact buildings. It will also give more people the opportunity to afford a simple, natural home they will have partly or completely built by themselves. We also provide training and advice to community organisations and NGOs working on projects related to natural and sustainable building. Moreover, we have plans for a variety of future activities.
Why promoting Natural Building?
Today’s conventional building materials and techniques pollute the environment and consume a huge amount of our non renewable fossil fuels for their manufacture and transportation. Natural building relates to any sort of building designed to be more sustainable by using natural materials which are primarily locally sourced, renewable, and reused or recycled. Natural buildings design often integrates factors such as passive cooling and heating, on-site energy acquisition, and waste management. These will fundamentally lessen operational costs, positively impact the environment and increase the buildings sustainability. Besides, a natural building is a healthier home (e.g. avoiding the toxicity of some industrial paints and additives).
We want to become a place where people can discover, learn, receive inspiration and information about environmentally friendly, economical and easily replicable ideas, systems and techniques. These will cover topics such as solar panels, rocket stoves and wind turbines. We also wish to increase awareness of several important topics such as consumerism, waste, and pollution among young Thai people.
The agriculture model based on monoculture and use of chemical additives has spread over Thailand and South-East Asia. In addition, many young people are leaving the countryside hoping for a better life in the cities. However, more and more people are becoming interested in growing organic vegetables and fruit trees, to sell or for their own consumption.
After having developed our own skills, we wish to help these people by providing support and advice on growing an organic garden.