Straw bale / Guides

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...straw is the same organic material. It's like a bunch of small trees bundled together". So indeed, straw bales, why not? One big advantage of straw bale over conventional wood frame construction is that a straw panel will be able to dry to either side, compared to most homes that include an impermeable barrier of pol...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...straw bale walls. "The treatment of human waste into useful compost rather than being one of the largest environmental problems facing our waterways is absolutely key to making sustainable change. It’s also something most people would rather not think about." - Chris Magwood LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environme...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...Straw bale homes: Straw bale house Recycled Content : Straw bale walls are the used stalks of grains, so they are generally 100% recycled and act as carbon storage so this will significantly reduce the overall ecological impact of your home. Method and form : Traditionally it’s been done as stacked bale w...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Straw Bale? Sources: Sustainability and life cycle analysis of residential structures Timber vs concrete and steel structures Building Green: environmental product declaration (EPD) of wood, concrete and steel Green Building Advisor: wood as replacement for concrete and steel in skyscrapers

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...straw bale home construction which is a thing of its own, or sheep wool insulation as another example, which can apparently make your house smell like an old barn in the Sottish Highlands during prolonged rainy weather. That....would be noticeable. There are some like celllulose and wood fiber panels that have been a...