are working with Dave Lanfear of Bale on Bale Construction in Buffalo
to build a straw-bale shed on the property.
construction has the following benefits:
Cost per square foot is comparable to stick-built house construction.
Straw bales are plentiful by-products of agriculture; using the
bales redeems some of the carbon released into the atmosphere
by usual agricultural practices that rely on fossil fuel.
R-factor of straw bales far exceeds the fiberglass insulation
used in stick-built structures.
Willing workers need few skills to be effective in helping on
a straw-bale construction project. The materials are effective
and at the same time forgiving.
Inside and outside walls are plastered with cob, a mixture of
local clay, sand, and chopped straw. The floor is made of similar
material that when treated with linseed oil has the feel of leather.
Straw-bale construction uses mostly green materials such as earth,
straw, sand, and wood. Bamboo stringers tie the bales together;
there is no need to use steel rebar for this.
Straw-bale construction is high on aesthetic appeal.
project is turning a decades-old picnic shelter into a shed that
will be a grace-note onthe landscape.
see the project as a demonstration project. We hope you will come
to one of our work parties. Check the home page for times.
project is the first straw-bale construction project on Grand Island
that we know of. We hope that others will follow suit.
Dave Lanfear (www.baleonbale.com)
is a gifted builder and teacher and a passionate advocate for straw-bale
beautiful, healthy homes and buildings which inspire the human spirit
and respect the balance of life on Earth.