Last summer, an F-5 tornado ripped through the City of Greensburg, Kansas and destroyed much of the City. Officials there have made a commitment to rebuild their city using green technologies. As it stands now, they plan to use conventional construction methods and simply add green features. I would like to see something bigger. I would like to see the City embrace a whole new style of construction for their rebuild: straw bale construction.
Can you imagine how cool it would be to have an entire City’s residential and commercial structures built with this amazing technology? Think of how efficient the City would be and what a role model for change they could be. I often hear the question: “Why isn’t straw bale construction more in the mainstream?” Usually it is because people don’t know enough about it. A project like this could change all of that.
My hope is to see this idea grow and grow quickly. If you have any ideas about how to make this a reality, please share them here. I am available to teach a workshop in the area to officials and local contractors, but need some “inside help!” I have a couple contact names and numbers I plan to check out next week. In the meantime, if you think this could work and you want to be part of something big, please chime in!