Photostory: building with straw bales

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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.