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Open source initiative to make affordable eco-housing widely accessible.
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    OBI Supporters

    Pledge $1 or more and we'll name a fish after you. Pledge $5 or more and we'll name a school (of fish) after you. This applies only to our aquaponic greenhouse tilapia.

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    Beta Access

    Receive weekly status updates with video blog of progress + Honorable mention on the Kickstarter Supporters page on the OBI website.

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    Celebrate!

    If you support us at the $10 level, we will put you on our Hall of Fame page, where you get to respond to the question: "What motivated you to support the Open Building Institute Kickstarter?" This will happen right after we achieve our funding goal. We will Tweet this so we can all bask in victory in front of 10,000 followers. This will also help us rouse interest in our upcoming September and November 2016 builds.

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    The OBI Building Book

    This will be an early release of a deluxe e-book containing complete documentation of the Starter Home—a 700 sq ft expandable house, loaded with ecological features - costing $25k in materials, and buildable in 5 days (using our extreme-build techniques). The documentation included in the book also covers the Aquaponic Greenhouse addition. See description in the text.

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    Spread the Word and Stick it to the Man

    Who doesn't want to stick it to the man? To facilitate this, we will send you 4 stickers that you can display proudly on your laptop: 2 OBI stickers and 2 OSE stickers. You will also get the reward from the Celebrate tier.

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    The OBI Building Book

    This will be an early release of a deluxe e-book containing complete documentation of the Starter Home—a 700 sq ft expandable house, loaded with ecological features - costing $25k in materials, and buildable in 5 days (using our extreme-build techniques). The documentation included in the book also covers the Aquaponic Greenhouse addition. See description in the text.

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    Living Home Webinar

    What does the most ecological and regenerative house look like? Find out in this webinar, featuring the co-founder of the Living Building Challenge - Bob Berkebile. We will glean what it takes to apply the Living Building standard to the OBI advanced home.

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    Aquaponic Greenhouse Webinar

    Did you ever think it would be a good idea to build an aquaponic greenhouse that provides you with all the fish and vegetables that you can eat? Learn how to design the aquapoinic greenhouse - based on the learnings from our first year of operation.

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    Select Webinar Package

    We will offer a number of webinars related to affordable eco-housing - from design and software, to code compliance, off-grid housing, to construction techniques, machines, utilities, and others. This package allows you to select from any of these offerings, including the Aquaponic Greenhouse and Living Home Webinar. We will run these webinars starting August 2016, and continue throughout 2017 as we approach the build of the Living Building Challenge home.

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    Gratitute Package

    Get Beta Access + The OBI Building Book e-book + 2 OSE and 2 OBI stickers + A personal video thank-you-message from the co-Founders, which includes the answer to a question of your choice.

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    Get Involved

    This reward is for those who want to contribute designs for consideration in our 2016 build. It includes the Spread the Word and Stick it to the Man package, and the House Design Webinar, where we teach you the ins and outs of using the OBI design system to create buildable designs. Simply download our structural modules, followed by downloading all the Starter Home Eco Feature modules - and design a house that meets criteria of the OBI Design Challenge for the November 2016 build of the Starter Home.

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    Back It

    Back the project on your own back with a limited edition Open Building Institute T-shirt. Includes OBI Building Book Package + 4 OSE and 4 OBI stickers.

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    Hard Copy - OBI Building Book

    New Reward! We have heard a number of backers request a hard copy (printed version) of the OBI Building Book. So here we are offering a beautiful coffee table book featuring the Seed Eco-Home and Aquaponic Greenhouse. The book is designed to inform and inspire. Includes autograph by Catarina and Marcin - destined to be a collector's item. Add $10 if you also want to receive the OBI Building Book e-book. Add $4 for 2 OBI stickers + 2 OSE stickers.

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    Studio Model Kit

    New! The Studio Kit allows you to build a scale model to reveal how the OBI construction method works. The kit lets you fold the wall, door, window, and roof modules out of paper stock - add magnets to them - and then snap them together to make a technically-correct model of the OBI Studio (see picture in text). This kit can also be used for rapid prototyping. This is great for children as well as for real house design. We plan to use the kit ourselves for modeling. We will produce the kit with OSE's open source laser cutter and 3D printer. Add $3 for 2 OBI stickers + 2 OSE stickers.

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    House Design: Crash Course Video

    This will be the early release of a quality-content, tightly edited video crash course that takes the budding designer through all the steps of designig a house completely open source tool chain. This covers architecture, software, video production, rendering, part design, BIM, embedding of 3D viewable images in websites, and using Kdenlive, GIMP, Inkscape, and Natron for making a presentation on a building design. We will span content from foundation and structure calculations, to hints on effective design of interface details using the OBI modules, to designing interior furniture for importing into Sweet Home 3D, to using FreeCAD for Building Information Modeling (BIM), as well as generating floor plans, and up to landscaping the site with edible and biologically sound design. We will survey the critical points of code compliance for meeting local and global regulations with best practice. We will include rendering quality scenes in Blender. This will be a super-tight video edit of resources compiled for rapid learning from a wide range of sources. You will get early access to this video as beta testers of the content, prior to a general release to the public at a later time. Approximate length of video will be 30 minutes, so it will be a real crash course. This reward also includes the Spread the Word package.

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    Co-Housing Package

    Interested in a co-housing project? Did you know that 80% of projects fail in the USA? OBI helps you to put your project on a good track with a 1hr skype session with Dr. Matthieu Lietaert, consultant for co-housing projects and co-founder of one. Plus, he will send you a digital copy of his short film "Voices of Cohousing" with ideas and tips from pioneer cohousing projects in Scandinavia.

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    Direct Pipeline Package

    Do you want to build a home, greenhouse, tractor, or another crazy project, but not sure where to start? If you support us now, we will personaly help with any of your questions in a private Hangouts session. Talk to either of the project co-founders. You can also find out all that you ever wanted to know about OBI, OSE, machines, or changing the world. 45 minute session.

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    Materialize!

    Introduction survey course. One day tour and Short Course on materials production held at the OBI headquarters in the Kansas City area. Includes Eco-Brick, Lumber, and Insulation Production using the Open Source Materials Production Facility. For those who would like to produce their own building materials or offer them for sale. Includes demonstration on burning limestone (a local quarry material). We will also cover polycarbonate multiwall glazing production, bioinsulation production, and paint production. This is an introduction to local production of building materials, and how to start a local materials enterprise.

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    House Build Mini Course

    Did you ever wonder what building your own house is like? Here, you have a chance to participate in designing and building the OBI house system - by building a small studio - and a choice of several other building modules. This is a 1 day short course. You can choose from a number of the building modules included in the Seed Eco Home. Multiple workshops like this will be offered to help people get started on the OBI system - if they do not have time for a full 5 day build. Each workshop will have a theme - such as building materials, energy, water, efficiency. off-grid, waste system, heating, aquaponics, and others. The first will be offered in October 2016, and we will offer more until July, 2018 - with new technologies as they are developed. Later systems include home-scale solar hydrogen, closed loop water systems, and a 16 kW wind turbine.

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    Enlightenment Package

    This is a package for people interested in rapid learning. It includes access to up to 10 of the webinars that we are offering, in which we enlighten you with practical knowledge related to building the most ecological housing possible. This also includes House Design: Crash Course Video package. This is for those people who want to understand at a deeper level - what it takes to build regenerative construction. The webinars will begin in August 2016, and run throughout 2017 as we approach the Living Building Challenge compliant home.

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    Tri-State Fiesta Package

    If you live in Missouri, Iowa, or Nebraska - you are lucky. We are offering a group dinner with the Founders at a favorite restaurant in Kansas City, Des Moines, or Omaha. Limit of 18 people in each city, and one dinner is included. Join a candid conversation on any topic of regenerative development. Includes a presentation on the work of OBI and OSE.

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    CEB Machine Build

    2 Day Extreme Manufacturing Workshop - where you and a team build the CEB press from scratch. Experience Extreme Manufacturing hands on in our September build of the CEB press in Missouri. Includes mechanical, hydraulic, and controller systems. First day includes crash courses in welding and fabrication.

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    Solar Power Cube Build

    The solar powered Materials Production Facility will include hydraulic power generated by solar energy. We will do an immersion 2 day build workshop where we build a hydraulic power source that runs on solar panels to power the machines of the Materials Production Facility.

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    360 Degree Backhoe Build

    This is an experimental 3 day workshop where you build a 360 degree pivoting backhoe using OSE's modular design system. This is based on 3 prior builds of the backhoe, where we are now reaching for a low cost, high performance model. First prototype will be 36 horsepower.

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    The International Package

    First workshop in Europe. This is our first workshop in outside the borders of the USA - in Belgium. We will be building a set of scalable 3D printers, where you choose the size of the machine that you build. If you want to take the machine home with you, that will cost an estimated $300-700 more, depending on the size of the machine that you build.

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    Materialize+

    2 day event, includes the Materialize! package. Then you will have to bring your pickup truck or trailer - and take home with you a pallet (about 200 block, weighing 3000 lb) of stabilized CEBs that you can use for your own home improvement project. You get to participate in this production process with your sweat equity.

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    Seed Home Build

    Participate hands-on in a 5 day build of the Starter Home at the OBI headquarters. You will experience the swarm build model first-hand, and walk away with an integrated experience with all the features that are included in the Seed Home. The first build will be in November 2016, and several more will occur after July, 2017.

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    Aquaponic Greenhouse Build

    Participate hands-on in a 5 day build of the 800 square foot Auaponic Greenhouse at the OBI headquarters. You will experience the swarm build model first-hand, and walk away with an integrated experience regarding fish, vertical growing systems, duckweed, azolla, and worm rearing for fish/chicken food, mushroom growing, and microgreens/sprouts growing. We are building on the first prototype of the Aquaponic Greenhouse from 2015 to build a small scale food production system that can either be used to feed a family, or yield $2k/month of revenue - from an 800 square foot area using a community supported agriculture model. First workshop will be in Nov. 2016, and there will be more after July of 2017.

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    Eco Multipurpose Tractor Build

    Eco Tractor Design and Build - a 6 day short course where we build a working eco-tractor from scratch. A tracked machine for use in construction and agriculture. Build includes an 18 hp power cube, solar power cube, and a tracked Autonomous GPS Arduino unit for autonomous operation. This model can run in slow motion on solar power, or be fueled by charcoal and an 18 hp Power Cube with gasifier. Cost is ~$5k in materials. This tractor can be used to do garden work, lift heavy objects in construction, or run your chicken and pig tractors autonomously in your perennial agriculture landscape. We are aiming for the world's first practical charcoal-fueled tractor that can be used not only by hobbyists - but by real producers. This will be the first prototype, built on our experience with power cube, tracks, universal rotors, hydraulics, and structural modules. This is for the eco-equipment fanatic. (does not include taking the machine home with you)

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    Power Cube Build

    This is a 2 day Extreme Manufacturing build of an 18 hp power cube - OSE's universal hydraulic power unit. It can be used to power tractors, brick presses, or any hudraulic equipment, with appoximately 9 gallon per minute hydraulic fluid flow. You put in your sweat equity to build the power cube with a team - and then you take the Power Cube home with you. You have to bring a pickup truck or a trailer - as shipping is not included. This is a limited time and quantity offer for the first 3 days of the workshop.

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    Diehard Package

    Do you want to learn to build a house, aquaponic greenhouse, brick press, tractor, or your own solar hydrogen system? This is just a sample of all that you can experience. Select and attend any workshops of your choosing from the 20 or so workshops that will be offered from Sept. 2016 to July 2018. And attend any of the webinars being offered in this Kickstarer in the same period. Totally unlimited access to you - and you are allowed to bring one other person or family member with you to any of the workshops.

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    Brick Press

    Attend the 2 day CEB Machine Build - and take a working CEB Press Basic Model home with you, see description in the text. You will need a tractor and a hydraulic power source, which are not included. You will need to come with a pickup truck or trailer to take the machine - weighing 1600 lb - home with you.

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    Studio Build

    The OSE team will help you organize and build your own eco dream house up to 700 sqft. We'll help you source the materials, plan and organize the build at your location. Contact for details.

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    Aquaponic Greenhouse Build

    The OBI team will help you organize and build your own Aquaponic Greenhouse of up to 800 sq ft, including all the biological systems. You get an integrated ecosystem like you see in our pictures, plus improvements that we are making during the past year of operation. We'll help you source the materials, plan and organize the build at your location. Contact for details.

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