Links and Resources
- Straw Bale Links:
Strawbale Everything you ever needed to know about building with bales.
Last Straw The quarterly news journal of up-to-date information and
resources on straw-bale construction and natural building. Highly
Bale House Structural Components Or, how do you put these things
Building Sourcebook on Straw Bale Construction.
Bainbridge's Slides on Straw Bale Construction
of Straw Department of Energy's report on Straw Bale Housing and
demonstration project at Ganado.
Hay Exchange A free database of straw and hay for sale. Check what is
available in your area.
Codes for Straw Bale New Mexico Straw Bale Construction Guidelines.
Survival Architecture Plans and other material relating to Earthships.
Solar Survival is the home on the web of Michael Reynolds and staff, who this
concept originated with.
Earthship Information some great photos and links.
The Straw Bale discussion group is a good place to find both seasoned bale
builders and folks who are just starting out. Join by
visit the site directly.
- Printed materials that we found essential (for both technical information
and inspiration!) are books. The first one,
Straw Bale House" by Steen, Steen, Bainbridge & Eisenberg has
been very helpful and has great color photos of completed Straw Bale homes -
it also has many black and white photos, line drawings, and tons of how-to
The second is a series of books by Michael Reynolds,
Volumes 1, 2, and 3, the seminal works on rammed earth tire homes. Lots
of information on becoming self-sustaining, living off the grid,
harvesting rain water, and building techniques. A newer book titled "Comfort
In Any Climate" is also a good introduction.
Box Column Details
We have had many
people ask about the details of the box columns. Click
here for details on how they
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