Sustainable Architecture : Straw Bale Homes

Photographs Courtesy of Kees Hageman

Photographs Courtesy of Kees Hageman

In recent years, more straw homes have been showing up over the globe - this sustainable building strategy builds more than just a hut. A straw home uses straw bales as the structural component or building blocks, and is then treated with plaster to prevent moulding and water damage - these homes are built to meet the requirements of any simple or luxurious home with a reduced environmental impact, as straw offers a natural, readily available alternative to lumber and can save up to 75% of the heating costs. The straws fine composition provides natural protection against the elements as well as providing both thermal and acoustic insulation for a home. Loose straw is highly flammable, but the construction bales are so tightly packed that they actually increase resistance to fire. You can huff and puff, but you won't blow this house down.

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