Straw bale as a construction material and building system has just taken an huge step into the mainstream. After countless meetings, hearings, revisions, and hours of work, strawbale building will now be part of the national building code.
CASBA member John Swearingen of Skillful Means assisted pilot Heidi Porch in creating a straw bale dream home. Read the Sonoma Magazine article.
In Deerhorn Valley in Southern California, an artist's Straw Bale Studio rises from the ashes and doubles as a community center. A CASBA contractor was involved in its construction.
Read the East Country Magazine article and see pictures.
Fine Homebuilding's 2012 award for best new home was won by Arkin Tilt Architects for designing a 2500 SF home in Santa Cruz, Calif
Congratulation to CASBA members David Arkin & Anni Tilt of Arkin Tilt Architects, who received the award for this Net Zero energy and Hybrid Straw Bale Home.
Read more at Fine Homebuilding: Santa Cruz Straw Bale Net-zero-energy use and whimsical details shine in a new family home
And learn about another Arkin Tilt project at Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway
Read this blog posting by Stuart Staniford of Early Warning:
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