About Native Earth Construction and Matt Sterling
Native Earth Construction, now in its second year, helps design, build, consult, and instruct workshops about building with strawbale and other renewable resources. Matt Sterling, owner of Native Earth, has worked on a diversity of strawbale projects, both as workshops for the MREA and for his business. His clients or projects include: a free-standing strawbale building used for research and classrooms at Northland College in Ashland, WI; Prairie Woods Retreat Center, Cedar Rapids, IA: two strawbale hermitages for Franciscan nuns in Iowa which were featured on PowerHouse TV; and a timber framed, strawbale private home in Amherst, WI.

Sterling and Native Earth Construction have also been involved with numerous strawbale consulting projects both within, and outside, the United States. In Guatemala, Native Earth Construction designed and constructed a passive solar home for a group of Dominican Sisters to help promote a healthier environment for the indigenous peoples living in the region. Sterling also works with PV Systems, Inc., one of Wisconsin's leading companies installing photovoltaic systems (PV systems). Projects completed include PV systems installed at Peninsula State Park and Rock Island State Park.

Sterling has worked on aspects of construction all his life. After working on multi-million dollar building projects, he became disillusioned with the waste and inherent energy consumed by the buildings and the materials that make them up. Native Earth Construction was launched in 1997 after extensive research of straw bale and cordwood construction. Matt Sterling serves on the Board of Directors for the MREA.

For more information or questions on strawbale construction, contact Clay Sterling, Matt's brother, at the MREA.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
7558 Deer Rd.
Custer WI 54423
Tel: 715-592-6595
Fax: 715-592-6596
E-mail: info@the-mrea.org
Website: www.the-mrea.org

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