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Straw Bale Building Basics

  • 19 Sep 2014
  • 9:00 AM
  • 21 Sep 2014
  • 1:00 PM
  • Nevada County


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3 day workshop on September 19-21 at a site in Nevada County.

Come learn about Straw Bale Building at this 3 day workshop which will focus on a small straw bale infill cottage. We will install straw bales in the framed structure, install some of the wire mesh which is part of the seismic system, and apply some lime plaster. A mix of instruction time, hands-on experience and printed hand-outs will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building and plasters for your own project. In the evening, we will have photo presentations and discussion time.

The structure for the workshop is a small, permitted building framed with I-joists with straw bale infill, designed by David Arkin of Arkin/Tilt. Instruction during the workshop will cover subjects related to building with straw; foundation, windows and doors, electrical, plumbing, roofs etc., along with information on plasters. The plastering on this project will be a lime plaster; you will have a chance to work with it and apply some of the first coat of plaster.

The goal of the workshop is to accommodate every participant’s interest and skill level; you can expect to rotate through most aspects of the straw bale construction and plastering activities, to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience.

The lead instructor for the workshop is Jim Reiland, a contractor specializing in strawbale construction, as well as Rain Water catchment and grey water systems. He will be assisted by other CASBA members also skilled in strawbale construction.

  • Cost: $325.
  • Register by July 31 for a 10%discount.
  • Current CASBA members receive 1 year complimentary individual membership.
  • Student discount price $245 (~25%)
  • Price includes meals during workshop and free camping at site.


The site has limited room for camping and we will have a washing/showering area and toilet facility. There are hotels/motels minutes away and some of the local CASBA members will be able to accommodate many attendees/campers (in other straw bale houses). Information to these will be provided when requested. Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

CASBA is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

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