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'Build It with Bales' Offers Instruction on Building Straw Bale Homes

By Alec Weaver

Tags: straw bale building, natural building, green homes,

If you’re looking for a greener way to not only build your home, but insulate as well, look no further than straw bale construction. To help you in your building endeavors, the second edition of Build It with Bales has been made available for download by the Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT). Build It with Bales is a comprehensive guide to building and insulating straw bale homes. The 150-page guide contains all manner of guidelines and information on how to build a straw bale house.

Originally released to correspond with the 2012 International Straw Builder’s Conference in Colorado, the second edition of Build It with Bales is available as a free download from the DCAT. The free download of the updated guide comes in the wake of amendments to the 2015 International Residential Code made in May 2014 that will include updated information concerning straw bale homes.

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