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  • 15 Dec 2017 12:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While architects and builders have known for years that the strawbale walls of their buildings
    have superior fire-resistance, several examples of homes surviving recent wildfires bear further evidence of this quality.

    To read the rest of this article Click Here
  • 29 Aug 2017 6:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Oct 13th - 15th workshop will be a hands on experience that allows you to participate in all aspects of straw bale construction from bale raising to the earth plaster finish. See event details and register for this this three day event Here

  • 29 Aug 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The tour of straw homes in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area has been postponed until May of 2018. We'll post more information at the beginning of the new year. If you'd like to help with logistics, please let us know!

  • 12 May 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Conference Committee is planning another great CASBA Conference!  Please send a note to if you have an interest in presenting or hosting a workshop.  

    Registration for the conference will open by mid-February.  We hope to see you there!

    See 2017 conference and presentation details here!

  • 12 May 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One Percent for the Planet business partner Three Twins Ice Cream sweetened up our conference by donating an array of scrumptious ice cream flavors for attendees to enjoy!   Through their Ice Cream for Acres program, every time your purchase their ice cream you are helping to conserve precious habitat! You can read about it here

  • 06 Dec 2016 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re happy to introduce you to MyDomino, our new clean energy partner, and to extend their offer of a free one-year membership to their energy savings concierge service. (a $99 value)

    MyDomino will also make a $50 donation to CASBA when you speak with a MyDomino concierge by phone the first time! (with no commitment)  

    To sign up for MyDomino's service Click Here and use Partner Code "CASBA"

    Why has CASBA partnered with MyDomino?

    MyDomino has a similar mission. They share knowledge gathered from research & practical experience to help fight Climate Change, and they help you avoid sales hype and save money! Our members & supporters deserve to know about this resource, so we're glad to spread the word. 

    Your free MyDomino membership includes:
    • A quick and easy energy consult for your home by phone – whether you rent or own.
    • A personalized clean energy plan with advice on actions such as using LEDs, smart thermostats, heat pumps, solar power, EVs, and more.
    • A customized dashboard to track your progress and get unlimited clean energy guidance.

    Feel free to share this offer with your clients and other straw balers! 
  • 16 Mar 2016 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Not only does this open new doors to funding for us, it also offers new networking opportunities with other non-profits concerned about Climate Change and the way in which we occupy our planet.  

    Excerpted from the 1% for the Planet press release...

    CASBA is now eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this nonprofit network through their annual contributions. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which CASBA can look to for support.

    "1% for the Planet member businesses donate at least 1% of their annual sales to support environmental nonprofits," says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet.  "We believe deeply that these nonprofits play a critical role in solving the many challenges facing our planet, and our core work is to grow the corporate support that enables these nonprofits to accomplish even more."

    About 1% for the Planet

    1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses that donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental nonprofit organizations. More than 1,000 businesses give back to a network of approved nonprofits addressing critical environmental issues.  Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, former owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet helps people buy better products and protect the planet we play on. To date, our network has given more than $130 million back to the planet.

    To learn more go to: 


  • 20 Feb 2016 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Register now!

    Breaking News Flash(back)

    OF THE



    April 21, 22, 23, 24 - 2016


    Personally Constructed Strawbale Shelters for your dreamtime
    Dramatic Carrizo Plain views for your eyes
    Gourmet food and grog for your body
    Information for your mind
    Music for your soul

    Cost:$225.00 early bird thru March 31
    $275 until April 15
    $325 at the door

    Lodging cost varies depending upon the tenderness of one’s bones
    Conference cost includes all meals and program for the duration

    The theme of this conference/meeting will celebrating CASBA’s first 20 years and plotting the course for the next 20 years of Low Carbon and Natural Building.  In addition our Keynote Speakers Athena and Bill Steen, we will have feautured speakers, panels of experts on topics including ‘Affordable Straw Bale’, ‘Insurance and Financing’, ‘Carbon Sequestration’ and ‘Plaster, Moisture & Durability’.  Plus discussion about your projects large, small, sedate or wild.

    If you would like to present your project, idea or product in a 5 minute ‘Pop-Up Presentation’, send a 50 word synopsis of your presentation to Chris Prelitz:  NOW.

    Demonstrations on bale stacking, knot tying, plaster applying or of any other sort are welcome.  So inclined?  Email

    There will also be ‘20x20’ presentations again this year, on Friday evening. 20 slides, 20 seconds each; 6 minutes 40 seconds total. Bring your slides in a single PDF, PPT or JPGs and we’ll make it happen.

    The social side of the weekend will feature dancing and decorating to the baleful (sic) tones of ‘The Straw Balers’ Band.  There will be a ritualistic burning of bales, hurling of flaming projectiles with a 12’ trebuchet, drumming of drums and reminiscing to the depths of our failing memories (thank goodness for photos, which if you have to share, please send to Lesley Christiana: )

    Finally, assistance is absolutely needed for Set Up before, During the Event, and Clean Up after.  If you are willing and able to assist with any of these, please indicate so in your registration, and/or send a note to our conference committee via

    Please visit for registration and full schedule.

    Register now!

    There will be field trips!!!

  • 18 Oct 2015 7:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Appendix S – Strawbale Construction with Commentary

    from the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)

    Free Download

    To receive your free download:
    1. Visit the Download page
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    4. Click Open Bag link
    5. Complete checkout process

    This downloadable Appendix S is as it appears in the 2015 International Residential Code and Commentary published by the International Code Council (ICC). This download is made available by agreement between CASBA and the ICC.

    The complete 2015 IRC and the complete 2015 IRC and Commentary are available for purchase at The complete 2015 IRC (without Commentary) is also available for view only at

    Appendix S references sections of the IRC, so access to the complete IRC is important for full understanding and full use of Appendix S. The IRC applies to one- and two-family dwellings.

    The IRC is a model code with no legal standing of its own, but it is used as the basis for the residential code in virtually every jurisdiction in the United States. However, many jurisdictions have not yet adopted the 2015 IRC, and some may not adopt Appendix S. Jurisdictions that do adopt Appendix S may also amend it. Consult your local building department to understand which edition of the IRC serves as the basis for its current building code and whether Appendix S is included.

    Project applicants who wish to use Appendix S for a strawbale construction project where the state or local jurisdiction has not adopted the 2015 IRC or Appendix S, can propose use of Appendix S on a project basis with the local building official.

    The Commentary explains and gives compliance examples for the Appendix code-requirement language. This is especially helpful for design professionals, builders, building owners, and code officials with little or no experience with strawbale construction. In some cases the Commentary assists interpretation of the code requirements in terms of their intent.

    Appendix S and California

    Appendix S is on a path for inclusion in the 2016 California Residential Code (CRC). The 2016 CRC will take effect January 1, 2017. Project applicants who wish to use Appendix S for a strawbale construction project before that date can propose use of Appendix S on a project basis with the local building official. This has been done for projects in at least three California local jurisdictions to date.

    Questions or Comments regarding IRC Appendix S can be directed to its lead author, Martin Hammer, at or 510-525-0525.

    IRC Appendix R – Light Straw-Clay Construction

    A new appendix on light straw-clay construction, Appendix R, also appears in the 2015 IRC.

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