Hello! I am a newbie. I have been wanting to build a rounded house out of natural elements for a long time. I am about to purchase a piece of property that is got a lot of zudzu on it and I was trying to figure out ways to get rid of it or use it. I have researched that you can actually bale it up and use it to weave baskets out of. If anyone is familiar with kudzu you know that is very plentiful in the south. I started wondering if maybe I could bale it up in the fall winter when it is "dying out" and use it in a strawbale house? Or would it be too nutrient rich and start to decay inside the wall? I have to figure out how to make a house for cheap, or my husband said we are just buying a trailer to sit on the land (which I do not want to do unless it is a cheap one that we are living in until we get the house I want built). I live in southern Virginia, and want a well built insulated natural house. I am a little worried about using wheat or barley straw because I can't eat them or have in any products I use on my body from being sensitive to it, so I can only imagine building a house out of something I can't even use to wash with.
Another thought was straw clay since the straw is covered in clay. Or using kudzu vines to weave a wall structure and cover with cob and make a wattle/daub like wall. I know I am probably crazy for trying to use kudzu, but if it is already here, why not? Any thoughts? I just don't want to start growing zudzu inside my house, haha.
I (happily) have no direct familiarity with kudzu, but from seeing the dense foliage, I would think it would be poor for strawbale building. If you can bale it after all the leaves are gone, it might work, though probably not as insulating as straw. I would think kudzu wattle and daub might work, if the vines get woody and thick enough to be strong. If the vines grow like wild grape, I think it would be too difficult to weave them.
Maybe if you ran the leaves and vines through a serious chipper/shredder then dried it partially before bailing. I don't think you could get uniform density bales without chopping it in some way. it would be a great use if it worked.
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