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Building a straw bale wall, which will be covered with earth plaster

Building a straw bale wall, which will be covered with earth plaster and reduce heating costs

Building a home gets more expensive every year, and older homes are hard to heat. Regulations make it almost impossible to build your own home as your great-grandparents did.

There are strategies to keep your costs down. Proven alternative building techniques include:

• natural building materials, such as straw bale and earth plaster;
• smaller home designs that are easier to heat;
• use of freely-available materials for building and insulation.

The Blockhouse School Project has already been exploring some of these options with seminars and demonstrations.

Some of the techniques can be applied to the building itself, to make the school more usable. And we intend to be a resource of ideas and examples for builders and renovators.

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