Andrew is a world leader in straw bale construction technology. He teaches people from all over the planet at his seven day comprehensive workshops and…
Actually Doc, your assumptions are 100% incorrect. Straw homes have been around for over 100 years and those built even that long ago are still in use and in good shape today. If built properly, like the one pictured above, these homes will far outlast a conventional home. They have 3 times the R-value, meet ASTM 2 hour fire wall ratings, are soundproof, beautiful, and extremely strong. Rodents and other pests are not an issue because the walls are so dense and are covered with 1 1/4" or more of lime plaster, not to mention that straw is not actually a food source for animals (unlike hay). In fact. you have a much greater likelihood of having mice in the hollow walls of conventional construction than you do in a straw bale house.
I understand your assumptions as they are fairly common from those who first hear about straw bale construction and I also hear your concerns of potential similarities to Stramwall; however, I invite you to investigate this amazing building technique further before you mark it off as laughable. Please consider checking out my website listed below for more information.
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