Consider adobe walls

Adobe is a traditional building method using mud-clay bricks that are dried in the sun.
Adobe bricks are traditionally made on or near the building site. Adobe walls make the most sense in climates that have big swings between day and night temperatures, such as the high deserts of the Southwest. If the insulation is applied to the exterior, appropriately adjusted for climate, and helps prevent erosion, adobe can work well in any climate. If soil allows, adobe can be an excellent use of local material. But the agricultural-quality soil often used to make adobe bricks may be better used for growing crops.

Green Points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : 1/2 point for using products that were extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the home.
NGBSNational Lakesideca Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: Up to 10 points for using indigenous materials for major elements of the building, at 2 points each (608.1).

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