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Straw bale construction, invented in Nebraska a century ago, has gained international prominence as one of the most successful modern natural building techniques. An agricultural waste product, straw bales provide solid walls and superior insulation.
Anne-Marie Warburton acted as general contractor for her family's 2,500 square foot, post and beam home in the Hockley Valley, Ontario. The framing was done by professionals and the straw bale walls were raised by voluntees.
The Sanctuary House in Crestone, Colorado shelters visitors inside sturdy straw-bale walls, offering a peaceful respite.
   
In "The Butterfly House," Dutch homeowner Jan Sonneveld created a structure that seems like it could take flight, from earth-bound straw-bales and lime plaster.

What you see on this page comes from the interesting and helpful book,
The Art of Natural Building

Art of Natural Building A fresh look at age-old building technologies, The Art of Natural Building offers a thorough overview of materials, techniques and resources from the leaders of the modern-day movement. Profusely illustrated, the book provides the philosophical basis for choosing natural materials, siting and energy-efficient design strategies, and case studies, where traditional techniques are utilized in modern buildings.

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