The Beauty of Straw Bale
Natural, Sustainable and Warm!
Straw bale homes have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years, but are undergoing somewhat of a revival, for many reasons, just a few being that they look fabulous, are fire resistant and are well-suited to owner builders.
Some more of the benefits of Straw Bale Construction
- Straw bale construction uses straw- actually a waste material, making it a sustainable construction-type
- Strawbales are dense and have lots of tiny air pockets, making them perfect for home insulation which is why they are used for external walls, and to fill internal walls.
- The natural thermal qualities of straw bale, combined with passive solar design (good orientation) produce homes that require very little heating and cooling and naturally maintain a comfortable median temperature- reducing bills, and saving energy!
- Straw, after having renders applied, is a highly fire-resistant material, and with correct building detailing can provide a house with a good fire rating- important for those of us living in a high-fire risk area.
- Strawbales can be cut, carved, shaped and chamfered by hand to give beautiful curved corners, window sills and details which are not easily achievable with other building materials.
- Straw bale rendering is a fun process that has many aspects- pretty much all of them involving the participants getting very muddy!
First look at finished internal walls.
- Straw bale has a high level of fire resistance making it a preferred material for many living in bushfire prone areas.
I am currently taking part in the building of a straw bale house
, outside of Melbourne, Australia. You can follow the journey and learn about, working with bales
, splitting bales
, tensioning straw bale walls
, stuffing internal strawbale walls
, straw bale window details
and much more to come...
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