Award Winning 9 Star Strawbale Homes
Living in an award winning 9 star strawbale home means your home will be built to last, it’s seriously energy efficient and it’s healthy for your family. A nine star straw bale home is a mind blowing feat (ABSA energy rated). It means super low energy bills, it’s sustainable, solar passive and carbon neutral. It’s one of the highest rated homes in Australia.
We are one of Australia’s most respected and trusted straw bale earth builders, designers and educators. These award winning 9 star strawbale homes have been in the Daily Telegraph, Grand Designs and at the Sydney HIA Home Show.
Picture your dream home ~ you’re living in a warm house in winter and it’s cool in summer. Your power bills are tiny. You and your family live in a natural, healthy home where you feel cocooned. It’s so peaceful. You love looking at your walls everyday. Building your home was a really fun experience, by the ‘dream team’ who love what they create. You’re now living in the home you’ve been dreaming about for years. You are like one of those people on ‘Grand Designs’… without the budget, time or variation blowouts or nightmare issues!
You’ll experience the “Viva+” system which we’ve refined over 16 years to give you:
- A 6 year guarantee on workmanship and longevity
- A fixed price contract with a fixed time frame
- Finishes & colour selections so you can make it yours
- Designs you can just pick from (or create your own custom design)
- A ‘dream team‘ who listen to you and give you want you want, they build like it’s their own home
- Everything goes to plan and is a breeze, where you ♥ the process and would build with us again
- The ‘Viva wall system‘ which protects the straw and earth and ensures you get value for your money
- Specialised systems that are certified by CSIRO and engineers which delivers our award-winning results
If you want to build your own home, we teach strawbale and natural building courses to show exactly what to do (and not to do). We teach these courses for one main purpose:
To ensure that owner builders, architects, builders, engineers and professionals, design and build strawbale and earth homes right. That’s it. We’ve had to fix other people’s strawbale building nightmares. Because we’ve designed and built over 50 strawbale and earth homes, you’ll learn the fatal mistakes you shouldn’t ever do.
Our strawbale courses are very different to any other course in Australia, because they’re much more detailed. We go through the entire building process from start to finish, in a practical and professional TAFE style learning format (with CPD Points you may be able to claim). This is very different to a strawbale workshop where you’re working on someone’s actual home and only see one building method, and usually only see the straw wall raising or rendering independently.
Natural materials we use include: Light straw, rammed earth, cob, poured earth, wattle and daub, earthen floors, green roofs, stone, mud brick,hempcrete, pressed earth bricks, clay renders, lime renders, gypsum renders, recycled materials and timber (traditional timber frames, reclaimed, local, sustainable, FSC), to name a few. Whichever natural materials are the most energy efficient (using thermal mass and insulation for maximum benefit), and the ones you like we’ll use. Most other builders want to cover the world in the product they personally prefer. As long as it’s natural, energy efficient and meets your budget, we’ll work with it.
Why are our strawbale building courses are unlike any other. You’ll learn from qualified teachers certified in Cert IV Training and Assessing. You’ll go through the whole build from choosing your land and house design, various options for foundations, to the strawbale walls (showing the pros and cons of load bearing vs infill), rendering and maintenance. You’ll learn what makes a good strawbale design, and what makes a house cheaper or more expensive to build. Most workshops elsewhere are only concerned with the strawbale walls or rendering. Learn the best practise building techniques for wet areas, termites, foundations, roof styles, where to put insulation versus thermal mass, how cross ventilation works, and how to get the best solar passive designed home for your particular site – just to name a few important topics which most other workshops can’t cover.