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Houses of Straw

Recently added to the Green Planet Films website

Why build with straw?

Straw is an annually renewable crop, available wherever grain crops are grown. It is indeed a waste product, much of which is currently burnt in the fields. The thick walls offer superior insulation value. With a natural plaster, straw bale walls ‘breathe,’ and together with the sound absorbing qualities, provide a quiet, healthy interior environment. Construction costs can be reduced as well: bales are cheap to buy and easy to work with. Stacked like huge bricks, straw-bale wall systems can be erected quickly without much building experience.

In Germany, the film follows three house projects through different stages of building. Strawbale architect Dirk Scharmer explains his latest strawbale construction in different stages.  Read more and buy the DVD.

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