Andrew Parker wrote:One of the points with sustainable architecture is to use materials that are local, inexpensive, and appropriate for the location. Often we become enamored with a particular material or design and want to go out and build it, or build with it, and often, that material or design is inappropriate for the location we want to build on (perhaps it is a cultural penchant for building follies?).
In my area, straw became immediately inappropriate as soon as the first dozen straw bale homes went up (thirty or forty years ago) and farmers saw there was a market (same thing happened with log homes and foam blocks). Now, it is even more complicated by the reduction in availability of small balers (straw bales for building are becoming a specialty item) and advancements in utilization of straw as feed or fuel. Additionally, a lot (most) of the farm acreage has been built over around here in the past forty years. Deals can still be found, especially if friends, neighbors or family are in the equation.
Matthew Nistico wrote:why would anyone desire to ship bales across the country to build a straw bale home?