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Straw Bale Construction in Earthquakes

I want to start by sending Gabriella’s and my love, prayers, thoughts, and hope to all those effected by the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand.  Clearly the tsunami in Japan was behind the majority of the death and damage, but the impact that earthquakes are having around the world on human populations cannot […]

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Congressional Hearing on Straw Bale Construction –

Below is the link to the recent briefings on the Congressional hearing on straw bale construction. This is a potentially exciting move for the world of straw bale construction. I know how slowly the US Congress can move, so my breath is bated although not held! The presenters: David Eisenberg, Sandy Wiggins, Laura Bartels, and […]

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New Research About Mesh and Bale Orientation on Straw Bale Walls

I was recently told about some new research results that have posted on line. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has just published a report authored by Colin MacDougall called “Effect of Mesh and Bale Orientation on the Strength of Straw Bale Walls“. The report is co-authored by Chris Magwood and Steve Vardy. The […]

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