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My Latest Blog Entries Are Below

Update on Green Building Codes and Standards

I received a great update this morning on the existence and development of green building codes and standards in the United States from a product developer (I’ll call him Bob) with the International Code Council (ICC) that I’d like to share with you. Here’s what he shared with me (I’ll give some comments a long […]

Psocid Infestations in Straw Bale Homes

Have you seen a bunch of these in your house? Do you have what you thought might be termintes only to discover that termite treatments don’t do much to battle the infestation? If so, you likely have an infestation of psocids. These tiny little insects are also known as booklice and barklice and are known […]

Buying the Right Straw

There are a lot of things to consider when buying the best straw bales for your construction project. Here’s a bullet point list of the absolute “must haves.” 1. Long straw. Be sure to ask your source is the bales are long straw or chopped/thrashed straw. A bale harvested by a combine will be thrashed […]

New Mexico Workshop Brings Smiles and Success

A large group of people from across the globe gathered outside Grants, NM to help build the home of Kent and Gillian. What started out asĀ  series of vehicles stuck in the mud (cars, trucks, and RVs) turned out to be a great week. Apparently, this part of New Mexico received just shy of their […]

Staying Safe with Chainsaws

Chainsaws are an active part of straw bale construction. There are some other options for cutting bales, of course, but a quality electric or gas powered chainsaw is still my favorite. It’s really important that safety be considered when working with any tool and a chainsaw is no different. There are times when a small […]

Strengthen Your Walls with a Tight Top Course

The stronger your wall, the better. That seems obvious, yet I see house after house where the walls are loose and poorly stacked. Many people don’t reinforce their walls with mesh, choosing instead to plaster directly on the bales. That’s another topic for sure, but it comes back to a simple point: you MUST have […]