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Spring Conference - 2017

  • 05 May 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • 07 May 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • Walker Creek Ranch, Marin County, CA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration has Commenced!

May 5-7

Walker Creek Ranch

1700 Marshall - Petaluma Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Our volunteer conference committee is hard at work polishing the conference details to ensure a stellar event with loads of information, many opportunities to get your questions answered, and of course, time to socialize with like-minded folks.  We've included an overview for your perusal, after the registration and lodging information. The schedule will be posted as soon as we've finished tweaking it!

Registration Fee

 Early Bird - $175 (March 20 - April 20)
 Regular Price - $200 (April 21 - May 3)
 Saturday Only (March 20 - May 3)

Students receive a 25% discount on the Early Bird & the regular priced registration fee.

Base fee includes meals: Friday dinner, through Sunday lunch. Lodging prices are detailed below.

You must be a member to register for the conference. (students excepted). If you are not currently a member you can sign up here.


Fees are per head and include Friday and Saturday nights. All beds are singles.

  • Camping - $0
    Included in registration fee   
  • Economy / Dorm - $50 each
    Bring your own bedding
  • Semi-private room in lodge - $100 each
    Rooms for 2-4 people with shared kitchen, lounge and bathrooms. Limited number of rooms for 2 -- couples, book early if you'd like one!                                  
  • Private room / 1 person - $200
    Very limited; we will confirm availability post-registration.


Keynote Speaker: Craig White
British Architect Craig White is the founder of ModCell, a panelized strawbale wall system.  He is a consultant with the Carbon Trust and has worked on the UK’s Low Carbon Buildings Programme. Craig was a keynote speaker at the 2016 International Straw Building Conference in New Zealand.


  • Santa Clara University bale testing report
  • Codes Update: Strawbale, Straw Clay & Tiny House IRC Appendices
  • Underwriting Straw Buildings
  • Detail Panel
  • Strawbale Construction and Sustainable Rebuilding in Nepal
  • Low Carbon Building
  • Tiny House Presentation
  • Straw Bale 101 for newcomers ( as always! )
  • Silent Auction
  • Social Time
  • and more under construction!


5x5's and 20x20's

If you'd like to present your project, idea or product in a ‘Pop-Up Presentation’, choose 5 slides you can tell us about in 5 minutes, and send a 50 word synopsis of your presentation to:

We always enjoy fast-paced "Pecha Kucha" style 20x20 presentations too - 20 slides at 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. If this is more your style, give us a heads-up at the email above, bring your slides in a single PDF, PPT or JPGs, and we’ll make it happen.

NOTE: CASBA endeavors to make our conferences accessible to all. If you have financial restrictions please contact David Arkin.

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