While straw bale construction is considered a staple of green living today, the concept is not new. A straw bale home is a very sustainable, earth friendly type of building that has been around for a long time. It was popular in the plains states in the 1800 and 1900s because it utilized an available material and was constructed easily.
Straw is the dead stalk material that is left over after various grass grains are harvested. It is not a living product and is not used interchangeably with hay. Straw is for livestock bedding, mulch, compost and various other applications.
There are two types of straw bale construction, load bearing and non-load bearing. The most popular type of building for straw bale is load bearing. A post and beam frame is erected and the bales are put in between to create the walls. When the bales are covered with stucco it creates a home that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions and is extremely well insulated. The advantage of a straw bale home over conventional building practices is easy availability, low cost, and its high insulation value.
WRF has honed in on this renewed interest in sustainable living and are always ready to step outside the common approach of construction.