Why we build and love our Straw Shelters
HEALTHY...built mostly of nontoxic and natural materials
INSULATIVE..more energy efficient than standard construction
ACOUSTICAL ..reduces noise, and creates quiet environment
SAFE...fire resistant & earthquake stable, proven by official test
EARTH FRIENDLY..use of yearly renewable agricultural waste and of local materials
AESTHETICS...sculptural and flexible design, deep windowsills and doorways
  Building for the future with lessons from the past


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Spring Conference: April 10-12, 2015. Save the date!

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Strawbale Construction and Its Evolution in Building Codes

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Read this article by CASBA member Martin Hammer and David Eisenberg. Originally published in the February 2014 issue of the International Code Council's monthly on line publication Building Safety Journal

Strawbale building will now be part of the national building code!!! Learn more...

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