Ecoversity in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a hands on learning center that focuses on all things sustainable from natural building to conscious sociology. This summer they are offering a series of free classes and workshops to introduce people to their campus and classes. Included in this is a class on straw bale construction. Alfred […]
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The Miller’s Knot is the knot my crews use to retie all the bales on my straw bale house projects. Here’s a short video I put together on this topic: Want to learn more about straw bale houses and how to build one? Want to do so for FREE? Sign up for our totally free […]
I received the following e-mail yesterday regarding the fire resistance of straw bale homes: “I have a 10 year old straw bale house in Flagstaff, AZ. I heard that in the wildfires over the last few years that straw bale homes incinerated. Have you heard that?” Here’s my reply: Thanks for your email and you […]
Antony Brown, the Director of the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, Arizona recently held a free workshop in order to introduce kids to environmentally sustainable construction. The workshop was aimed at high school kids with an interest in architecture. Far too often, kids decide they want to explore the world of architecture and then find out […]
I am often asked how many bales will be needed in my client’s straw bale houses. I too have to know the answer to this on all of my own projects. There are a number of ways to calculate the bale requirements. Click the following link (www.strawbale.com/articles/straw_bales_house.html) to see an article I just wrote for […]
FIRE TESTING STRAW BALE WALLS I received an email today from Bill Christensen, the proprietor of GreenBuilder.com. It holds some very exciting news on recent fire testing of straw bale wall assemblies. Of course, those of us building straw bale houses have known that they are extremely resistant to fire; however, now we have proof […]
SCHEDULING A STRAW BALE BUILD A house I am building is located on a rural lot that once held a mobile home. That mobile home had power and phone services to it; however, they were old and not suitable for the new, larger home. In addition, the underground pad mount vault for the power was […]
As of this past Friday, July 14th, the first two owners have officially taken possession of their homes in the Straw Bale Village. It has been a long process from land acquisition, project design, civil engineering, City process, infrastructure construction, home design, City architectural review, structural home engineering, City building department review, home construction and […]
ANCHORING BALES TO POSTS If you build your straw bale walls without the use of mesh on either side of the wall, you will need to attach the bales to the structure in some other way. The most common is shown in the image to the right and involves cutting 4″ wide x 12″ long […]
HOW TO CALCULATE BALE DENSITY Most codes require specific measurements for the density of a construction grade bale. The code I work with calls for a bale density of at least 7 pounds per cubic foot of material. The bales I use measure 18″ wide x 14″ tall x 45″ long and weigh roughly 50 […]