A building technique born in the American Midwest, straw-bale construction
has become highly popular among eco-conscious budget builders the world over.
The straw-bale construction
also eliminated the need for fiberglass or Sheetrock--both materials that require a lot of natural resources to manufacture and transport, he said.
The state building code has a prescriptive method for doing straw-bale construction
that was added to the code several years ago," says Steve McGuire, plan review supervisor in the city of?
Straw-bale construction has been used primarily for new homes, schools, and wineries.
Wineries continue to be very receptive to straw-bale construction, and excellent examples now exist for both tasting rooms and production facilities around the world.
There were some great days though, like when a group of people came over for a course on straw-bale construction
and we managed to get the upstairs walls built in an afternoon
Within the past year, Red Feather's straw-bale construction
program has received financial help and recognition from talk-show host Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network and a $50,000 Volvo for Life award.
A deeply emotional man, Harrison nevertheless carried on with his creative life and the completion of a longtime goal, a new hideaway home made from straw-bale construction
in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.
Building officials in many areas remain skeptical about load-bearing capabilities of straw-bale construction during earthquakes.
To learn more about earth or straw-bale construction, write to the following groups:
As the largest commercial straw-bale construction
project in the United States, the Preserve is erecting seven new green buildings intended to join an elite list of buildings nationwide that already have achieved "Platinum" Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.
The problem: most tribal members perceived straw-bale construction
as ineffective and unsafe.