Keynote Address: Breathing Walls: Doing More With Less
George Paul Swanson received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Western Washington University in June 1975. Since that time he has worked throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains, and Southeastern United States, designing, building, and managing construction of homes and commercial buildings. In 1981 he published the bestselling Dome Scrapbook culminating his experience of designing and participating in building more than 300 geodesic dome structures in the Pacific Northwest between 1974 and 1981.
Over the years Swanson Associates have completed over eighty low-toxic, and fully non-toxic “Breathing” natural building projects in eleven states and several foreign countries.
A few of the building systems used were traditional, StrawClay, Rammed Earth, "Faswall," clay-treated woodchip block, "Hebel" aerated concrete block wall systems and most recently MgO natural ceramic cement based building systems . Several of these projects have included: single family wetland septic systems, rooftop water collection systems, pervious concrete landscape features and solar voltaic energy systems.
George is a registered graduate of the IBE International Bau-Biology & Ecology program as a Building Biologist as of 1992 and is listed in "Who’s Who" in America in 1996 for his contributions to Sustainable Technology. Currently he offers natural home and commercial building consulting, designing and construction oversee services throughout the states and abroad.
In recent years Swanson Associates have been lead design/build consultants for numerous commercial projects including several churches, a monastery and a twenty-one building natural medicine complex in Austin Texas. Ongoing long-term international projects include: a waterfront Eco-resort in Kauai, restoration of an ancient hacienda in Mexico, and an Eco-Village complex in Trinidad. Recently he has returned from his 9th trip to China where he is conducting ongoing product development for Magnesium Oxide Ceramic Fiber-Cement products, including all natural fiber/MgO cement based wall, roof and floor prefabricated structural insulative panels (SIP’s).
Since 1975 he has conducted hundreds of seminars across the country and abroad on the benefits of natural building design.