Web Exclusive—Splendor in the Grass
Take a good look at the walls of Keith Brunel and Jules Javernick's new Golden home (page 100 in the magazine), and you might be surprised to find they're made out of straw bale and mud. Built by hand, using local labor, renewable resources, and environmentally thoughtful methods, the couple's 2,800-square-foot contemporary home isn't just green—it's natural. It may also be the future of Colorado building. Click here for a complete list of the designers and contractors who built this house. Plus, get the facts on straw bale—from how it's made to a breakdown of benefits.
The Bale Facts
- Straw-bale structures are three times more energy-efficient than conventionally built homes.
- Dry straw will not degrade.
- The lifetime of a straw-bale-built structure can be anywhere from a few weeks to many thousands of years, depending on how well the structure is built and maintained.
- Straw, unlike hay, is pest resistant because it contains few nutrients.
- Straw-bale walls are extremely fire resistant—plastered walls will retard fire for up to two hours.
*Source: California Straw Bale Association