01 Mar '12, 7am

Straw Bale Homes: Why They Rock

Straw Bale Homes: Why They Rock

Straw bale houses work best in dry climates and aren’t recommended for humid areas. If you’re living in a humid climate and you just absolutely feel compelled to build a home of straw bale, then it is suggested that you get a humidifier as a way to prevent the moisture from seeping into the straw. Bale homes are really nothing new. They’ve been around in the United States and Europe since the 1800s. Of course, the bales need to be covered in some sort of plaster to properly work. Interestingly, Ecofilm points out that “clay has been used in combination with straw for thousands of years”—as a building material. The construction is relatively easy, making for a great opportunity of community building since unskilled workers are are all that’s required. For fun, check out this YouTube video of a group raising one side of a straw bale wall in time lapse mode.

Full article: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2012/02/29/straw-bale-...

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