"Sustainable buildings nurture every aspect of human health--
during their production, during their occupancy and use,
and when they are no longer useful."
strawbales make sense....
- They are a waste product of agriculture, and are cheap
- They require very little energy (and fuel) to produce
- They are natural and non-toxic
- They are excellent insulation
- They store heat (and cool) in thermal mass
- They don't break when shaken (in earthquakes)
- They don't burn easily
- They are naturally rich in texture, light, and shadow
- They easily biodegrade when their useful life is over
- Kids love them
HGTV visited one of our houses...watch the video
A different kind of building....
One great features of building a strawbale house is being able to invite friends, family and complete strangers to come for a short while and help build your house. Natural building with straw can be thoroughly enjoyed by young and old. Here's a slide show of a recent strawbale work party.
music: "My Family" Daisy May and Seth Bernard