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Workshop: Remodeling a Home with Straw Bales - June 2017

  • 03 Jun 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • 04 Jun 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Palo Alto, CA


  • ~25% discount

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2 day workshop June 3-4 in Palo Alto, California

Come learn about remodeling a house using straw bales and earth plaster. This is a two day workshop which will focus on how to wrap an existing house exterior in straw bales to increase the insulation value and beauty of the home. We will install straw bales against a wood framed, single story house. Participants will participate in bale stacking, notching, window detailing, papering, lathing, and base-coat plastering. A mix of instruction time, hands-on experience along with a hand-out will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building to go build your own project. Evenings will allow for additional question/answer time and photo presentations.

This remodel was designed by Arkin Tilt Architects in Berkeley. The instructors are long time CASBA members, contractor Rebecca Tasker from Simple Construct and CASBA director, David Arkin. Instruction during the workshop will cover the basics of building with straw bales; foundations details, windows and doors, electrical installation, plumbing, roofs, carbon sequestering building materials, environmentally conscious building, and more. We will cover some basic information on plasters and have a chance to apply the first layer of plaster. To learn more about the art and science of plasters join us for our upcoming Plaster Workshop in Vacaville this summer.

The goal of the workshop is to accommodate every participant’s interest and skill level. Each participant can expect to participate in the various aspects of the straw bale construction to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience.


  • $325
  • Register by May 20th for a 10% discount!
  • Students discount price $245 (~25%)
  • Attendees also receive a free CASBA membership for 1 year

Price includes meals during workshop.


No lodging on project site. We will have a washing area and toilet facility. If you are coming from a distance, there are hotels/motels minutes away.  Information to these will be provided when requested.  Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

For additional workshop info contact Jenna Yu at or 510-541-7753.

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

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