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Integrating straw-bale insulation with interior thermal mass materials creates a comfortable human environment and inviting aesthetic possibilities.
Straw bales offered New Mexico builder Tony Perry a sculptable surface, which he personalized with inviting niches and window seats.
Athena and Bill Steen's guest house in Canelo, Arizona shows how decorations and furniture can be as simple and elegant as polished clay.
Sun streams in through south-facing windows, warming the adobe bancos and stained concrete floor of the Hughes/Rhoades straw-bale home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
   
Clerestory windows bring daylight into this living space, saving energy and brightening the ambiance in the Butterfly House, The Netherlands.

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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