The Sustainable Building Alliance
As educators and advocates for sustainable
building since 1992 we bring an enthusiasm to our work! We have been
designing, building, and living in strawbale houses for eighteen years
and they are beautiful and efficient. Go to our Photo Gallery page to
see what fabulous homes people have built.
A pioneering strawbale
homeowner in the southwest of the United States, Virginia Carrabelli,
"It just makes too much sense!"
As educators we offer workshops and seminars on
the South Island. We teach people how to do strawbale building using
hands-on workshops and through our free seminars. Michael has been a
speaker and presenter at many conferences and we are continuing with
that here in New Zealand. Please go to our Workshops page to see what
Strawbale homes provide a superior wall insulation
value to help maintain healthy indoor air temperatures. Strawbale homes
are quiet and strong - the walls are 450mm - 600mm thick. You feel safe
and secure. Straw is a waste product of growing grain for food. By
using it for building rather than burning we reduce air pollution too.
For other benefits and reasons why strawbale makes sense, see our "Why
Use Straw?" page.
Our Resource and How-to Build pages are being
updated and improved, so check them both out to see what new
information is available.
2014 STRAWBALE WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED
We are happy to announce that we will have two wall raising weekend workshops this year on the South Island. The locations are Garston (between Queenstown and Invercargill) and Motueka in the Tasman District. Our Workshop Page will have more details about these 3-day weekend wall raisings
workshops happening in late March and April. Click the link at the top of any page to see the workshop
Earth Plastering Weekends - Update: 25-26 April, Garston
If you want to learn about applying earth
plasters to strawbale then you can come out and volunteer this weekend (Friday and Saturday). It's not an official workshop, just a free opportunity to get experience working with earth plaster. You can put it on with your hands or a trowel - it's easy
and fun. Plastering your own home is a great way to save money and make
your home construction more affordable. You will see how you and your
friends can easily have a party during your plastering. See our workshop details page for the owner's contact information.
SBA continues to look for ways to build an
eco-neighborhood in New Zealand starting with ten strawbale homes. We
hope to be able to do more neighborhoods after these first homes are
built. For more information please go to our Eco-Neighborhood