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Resources for Strawbale Building

We have lots of information on our web pages, so feel free to browse our entire site. You will find information about construction techniques, our consulting services, upcoming workshops, and lots of photographs of strawbale homes. It's a good starting point. Also consider coming out to see us for a visit. We have a good selection of books you can read while here and then buy the ones you like the best.


Recommended Reading:

One of the oldest and best sources for
up-to-date information about strawbale building

Write to them and subscribe to their quarterly
newsletter (become a member) at this new address:

"The Last Straw Journal".
PO Box 1809
Paonia, CO 81428
Telephone 970.704.5828

This is a good publication with many good
articles and resources. Cost for 4 issues
(one year PDF subscription) is $24 (US$) in New
Zealand. Get the publication and read it.
Back issues are $8 each + shipping.
(Print subscription available on website.)
ONLINE!! The Last Straw - CLICK HERE!


Reading a book is one of the best ways to start
learning about strawbale building before you attend
a workshop. These books will answer many of your
questions, so when you attend a workshop you'll
know the basics and can learn even more recent
developments and techniques.

"The Straw Bale House"
by Atheena and Bill Steen and David Eisenberg
ISBN 0-930031-71-7

"Serious Straw Bale"
by Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron
A very good book with a nice long section
on plastering. Recommended!
ISBN 1890132640

"Design of Straw Bale Buildings"
by Bruce King
An excellent book with up to date information,
excellent technical materials and even sample
building codes. Highly Recommended!
ISBN 0976491117

"Straw Bale Building"
ISBN 0-86571-403-7
"More Straw Bale Building"
ISBN 0-86571-518-1
by Chris Magwood and Peter Mack
Two very good books with the second,
newer book being the one we would
recommend the most. Good Reading!


Technical Resources and Links:

Ecological Building Network
11 Mark Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Bruce King's website with all kinds of great information
about sustainable building and the latest strawbale testing reports.
EBNet Web site

DCAT- Development Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 41144 Tucson, Arizona 85717 USA
DCAT Web site


Sustainable Building Alliance Ltd
71 Morton Street
Invercargill, 98912
New Zealand
011 64 3 216 5596 (from the US)
e-mail:  michael@sustainable-building.co.nz

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