How to Build a Straw Bale House : What is Environmental Building?


Hi, I’m Shelly Jones. I’m an environmental
educator for the city of Fort Collins, Colorado. I’ve been giving classes on straw bale for
about ten years now, about five years in the city. Had an interest in straw bale construction
and all types of environmental construction for a long time. There’s so many benefits
for all of us if we just know about it. So today I’m going to give you a brief little
quicky on how to build straw bale. So, I kind of want to start from reading something from
one on my favorite books, which is called The Straw Bale Book. It’s kind of like the
Bible in my mind. it’s by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, and David Baybridge. It’s
a great book, you could build a house- a straw bale house from this book if you wanted to.
But I liked it and there’s a little part in here I wanted to read- it just says, “The
straw appears small and light, and most people do not know how really weighty it is. If people
knew the value of the straw, a human revolution could occur, which would become powerful enough
to improve the country and the world.” But I thought that was just a powerful little
statement. Anyway, there’s lots of books on the market about natural building and straw
bale in particular. You can go to different websites and look them up. Here’s a couple
here that are actually really good- a video that actually shows hands-on what I’m going
to show you, but in full length- it’s actually pretty lengthy and I think a couple hours.
And it’s How to Build Your Elegant Home with Straw Bales. So anyway, that just gives
you a bit of insight there. We’re going to get started- I’m going to show you next
all the tools you’re going to need to do this.

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