Building Straw Homes?

August 19, 2008 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

Now sometime in my childhood I remember a story about some pigs and a wolf and the use of proper building materials….However it seems that building homes from straw is here to stay, more properly straw bales that is.

Living in California I am necessarily suspicious of things built from unusual materials. This movement seems to be slowly gaining adherents and improving its technology and finished product.  As can be seen at “The Last Straw”, the international quarterly journal of straw bale and natural building (http://www.thelaststraw.org/) there is quite an industry based around this method.  The journal lists architects and builders who have experience in the field, a registry of existing homes and buildings and even listings for sale throughout the United States.

While looking into this subject I found that it is even more more accepted over in England with numerous sites dedicated to this concept. Here are just a couple of sites: http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/ and http://www.homegrownhome.co.uk/.

The most surprising thing I discovered was that there are some of these homes permitted and built here in California, famous for our earthquakes, and available for sale.  I believe that I am going to have to reconsider some wisdom learned long ago.

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