In an idyllic location in West Wales, a house is being built. However, this is no ordinary house. In what is believed to be a world first, its walls are being built out of Miscanthus bales.
All last week, Bee Rowan was teaching her excellent short course: Building with Straw Bales. Find out more here.
This week at CAT, participants on our popular course building with straw bales have been learning this fast, cheap, effective and highly sustainable building method.
While most building and insulating materials have a high level of embodied energy, straw bales provide a great alternative with the lowest embodied energy of any building method – except for rammed earth.
Furthermore, using straw bales rather than more traditional building materials doesn’t mean any compromise, as straw bales provide great insulation.
Straw bale houses are also relatively easy to construct, and fast.