A Bit About Bale Walls

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A Gentler Path to Building Permit Approvals

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A History of Straw Bale Resurgence

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A Mere Twenty Years

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | No Comments

A Modern Reed-bed System

| No. 58, June 2007 | No Comments

A South Carolina Architect’s Journey to Natural Building & Rammed Earth

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | 12 Comments

A Straw Bale Construction Wikibook

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments

A Straw-bale Home in Idaho

| No. 55, September 2006 | One Comment

A Straw-Cell Wall System

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments

A Strawbale Residential Building Code for the United States

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | One Comment

Adobe Mejorado (Adobe Made Better)

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments

Adsorption (More Building Science)

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments

An Oral History of Better Building Codes with Martin Hammer

| Lore, No. 71, Winter 2022 | No Comments
Back in November, we sat down with Martin Hammer to…

Bale Orientation: Survey Results

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments

Bale Preparation

| No. 50, Summer 2005 | No Comments

Bale Wisdom – Bale Buying 101

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Baling Straw Used for Construction

| No. 68, Fall 2015 | No Comments

Better Quality, Ecological Correctness

| No. 59, September 2007 | No Comments

Birth of the Power Trowel: Pumping Without Spraying

| No. 42, Summer 2003 | No Comments

Brewing a Brewery

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | No Comments

Build Your Own Simple Bale Wall Moisture Sensor

| No. 57, March 2007 | No Comments

Building Bale Sources

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Building Monitoring for Straw Bale Buildings, Part 1

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments

Building Monitoring for Straw Bale Buildings, Part 2

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments

Building With Hempcrete (Hemp-Lime): Essential Tips For The Beginner (Part 1)

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments

Building With Hempcrete (hemp-lime): Essential Tips For The Beginner (Part 2)

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | 3 Comments

BuildWell Library is launched!

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments

Choosing a Plaster System for Your Straw Bale House

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments

Clay Culture: Plasters, Paints and Preservation (Book Review)

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments

Cob Internal Walls

| No. 68, Fall 2015 | No Comments

Community Rebuilds – Path to Zero Waste

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | One Comment

Defend The Forest!

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Earth Floor

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Earth Plastering Guidelines for Finishes

| No. 43, Fall 2003 | One Comment

Earth Plasters and Aliz

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by Cedar Rose

Earth Render (Book Review)

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
Reviewed by Jeff Ruppert Earth Render: The art of clay…

Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice (Book Review)

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments
We review the first comprehensive how-to guide covering the topic…

Feuillette House

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | One Comment
Update: The Feuillette House has been purchased by the Centre National…

Figuring the Hidden Costs in Your Building Plans

| No. 41, Spring 2003 | One Comment
This article is an excerpt from the book Straw Bale…

Finishing Bale Walls with Siding

| No. 57, March 2007 | 2 Comments
A little known fact in the bale building realm is…

Fire in a House With Straw Bale Walls

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This article is original content and has not yet appeared…

For the Love of Mud

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Mud is magic. Mud is fun. Mud can also be…

Framing Bale Walls: How to

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | One Comment
There are many different approaches to framing a straw bale…

Getting Grounded on an Adobe Floor

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | No Comments
By Sigi Koko

Healthy Living, Healthy Building

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
Twelve years ago I had never even heard of building…

Hidden Beauty – Adobe Wall

| No. 68, Fall 2015 | 2 Comments
by Tom Lander

Home-Made Hydraulic Lime

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We like to share this is the type of information…

House of Straw?

| No. 57, March 2007 | 2 Comments
Build our house out of straw? This article appeared in…

How Clay Plaster Might Save the World

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | No Comments
by Chris Magwood

In Defense of Straw

| No. 69, Winter 2016 | No Comments
by Kyle Holzhueter

Insurance for Bale-Wall Structures

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by Jeff Ruppert

International Straw Building Conference (ISBC) 2016

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments
Welcome to NZ!!! When you think of New Zealand, what…

Japanese Earthen Plaster Exchange – Bringing the Outdoors In

| No. 69, Winter 2016 | No Comments
by Emily Reynolds

Jules Ferry Residence – Straw Bale Panels

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments
  Jules Ferry Residence is an eight-story sustainable urban dwelling…

Kyomigaki / Otsumigaki Polished Earth-Lime Finish

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | No Comments

Light Clay-Straw Mountain Home

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments
This feature project is of a solar, light clay-straw house…

Light Straw-Clay Appendix in the IRC

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | One Comment
An appendix on Light Straw-Clay Construction was also approved for…

Lime Mortars DVD Review

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This article is original content and has not yet appeared…

Making Better Buildings (Book Review)

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
Reviewed by Jeff Ruppert Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to…

Manual Bale Press

| No. 68, Fall 2015 | No Comments
 Jeni Kardinal explains her manual bale press that was developed…

Moisture and Straw-Bale Walls

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Moisture is every bit the very real concern in straw-bale…

MORE Straw Building in Japan

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My Natural Building Practice in TAIWAN

| No. 69, Winter 2016 | One Comment
by LIN, Ya-Yin

Natural Building in Nicaragua

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | No Comments

Panel-built Classroom in Northern Arizona

| No. 49, Spring 2005 | No Comments
by Matt Robinson

Pay Attention to Your Sand

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments
Andrew Morrison helps us understand how to properly choose the…

Plasters and Strawbale

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Most people choose straw bale for environmental considerations, wanting to…

Polished Tosa Shikkui

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments
by Kyle Holzhueter

Red de Construcción con Paja

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BIENVENIDOS, we're the Spanish-speaking straw bale network RCP (Red de…

Rediscovering Lime Plaster In Costa Rica

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  Ryan Chivers walks us through his recent experience running…

Rocket Mass Heaters, Third Edition (Book Review)

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | No Comments
The latest version of the Rocket Stove book is the…

Sealing an Earth Floor

| No. 55, September 2006 | One Comment
This is the second of a two-part article on creating…

Selecting A Natural Hydraulic Lime

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | One Comment
Thanks to the hard work of a few, Natural Hydraulic…

Shelter (Book Review)

| No. 65, Fall 2014 | No Comments
Shelter is about the journey of building a home yourself, and…

Siberia 2008 (Altai Project, Builders Without Borders)

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This is original content and has not appeared in the…

Sill Pan Design Detail

| No. 51, Fall 2005 | No Comments
Slope pan flashing to outside. Included in TLS #49 (Myths…

Straw Bale and Building Science: Growing Up Together

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
Making Things Air-Tight The straw bale revival of the 1990s…

Straw Bale Building in Japan

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | No Comments

Straw Bale Construction Building Code (2013 IRC Approval)

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | One Comment
A more recent post with a more in depth explanation…

Straw Bale Construction Resources

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Straw Bale Construction: A Sustainable System For Ownership

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by Ann V. Edminster

Straw Bale in Bali

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | 3 Comments
by Jeni Kardinal

Straw Bale in Germany

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments
The upcoming European Strawbale Gathering is indicative of the activity…

Straw House Patent (Feuillette House Follow-Up)

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
As an update to this post about the Feuillette House in…

Straw-bale Codes, Testing, Research

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compiled by Joyce Coppinger, Andre de Bouter, Lars Keller, Chris…

Straw-bale Infill Meets U.S. Building Codes

| No. 54, June 2006 | No Comments
The bottom line is that yes, using straw bales for…

Straw-bale Sound Isolation and Acoustics

| No. 53, Spring 2006 | One Comment
This article appeared in TLS #53.  The topic of this…

Strawbale and Earth Builders Converge on Adelaide (AUSBALE)

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments
The 2014 Ausbale Strawbale Conference was held in Adelaide, Australia…

Sustainable Design Can Forge Stronger Communities

| No. 59, September 2007 | 2 Comments
Reprinted with permission from Residential Architect magazine, November 2005. We…

Sustainable Living in California

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Turko Semmes is a licensed general contractor from San Luis…

Tadelakt Lime Finishes

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | No Comments
With the modern development of natural building technologies, there has…

Tape Versus Mesh for Straw Bale Plastering

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | One Comment
by Chris Magwood

Tataki: Japanese Traditional Earthen Floor

| No. 67, Spring 2015 | No Comments

The Art of Polished Clay Balls

| No. 68, Fall 2015 | No Comments

The Bay Eco-Village, From Straw to Resilience

| No. 69, Winter 2016 | No Comments
by Chloe Deleforge and Olivier Mitisieno

The Benefits of Using Welded Wire Mesh

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments

The EcoNest Home (Book Review)

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The EcoNest is a type of building and a movement…

The Growth of Hemp Lime as a Natural Building Method

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | One Comment

THE SITUPS*: Super Insulated Tilt-Up Panel System.

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | One Comment
Editors Note: We plan to have a comprehensive article covering…

The Straw Bale Alternative Solutions Resource by ASRI

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
The Straw Bale Alternative Solutions Resource is a document prepared…

The Straw Bale Earthen House

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by Athena and Bill Steen

The Strawtegi C02ttage

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Three Sustainable Building Essential Books (Book Review)

| No. 70, Spring 2017 | One Comment
Read reviews of the first three books in the Sustainable Essential Building…

Tips about Bales

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Tips about Bales Why wait until you have the framing…

Tips for Staying Calm When Building

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Identifying sources of stress and remaining calm during you project…

Traditional and Contemporary Natural Building in Korea

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Editors Note - This article is a feature length pictorial…

Tribute to Alfred von Bachmayr

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | No Comments
One of the most active and creative natural builders who…

Tribute to Judy Knox

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Judy Knox was one of two founders of this publication…

Update on Straw Bale Building in Pakistan

| No. 66, Winter 2015 | No Comments
Darcy Donovan updates us on her progress of building bale…

Update on Strawbale and Light Straw-Clay Codes in the United States

| No. 69, Winter 2016 | No Comments
by Martin Hammer

What’s in a Name?

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
This is a sidebar as part of the Code approval…

Where to Draw the Line

| No. 50, Summer 2005 | No Comments
by Chris Newton - Queensland, Australia Can you design and…

Why We Build with Earthbags

| No. 55, September 2006 | 4 Comments

Why Workshops Work

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Window Sill Details

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This is a bonus post showing a couple examples of…

Wrap-Up of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition Annual Natural Building Conference

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Chris Magwood, speaking about setting goals and design priorities This…