Strawbale Resources & Links for You

We’ve put together some important strawbale resources to help you build your strawbale dream home.

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Ausbale – Australasian Strawbale Building Association
Lots of info on strawbale building

Environmental Solutions – Heating and cooling (hyrdronic heating, slab heating)
Ph: 0414 667 807 David Cogno

Joshua Bacon Design – Architect

Milkwood Permaculture – Earth Building Courses

Hero Mortgage Broker – Be your own broker and earn commission on your own mortgage!

Small Farm Field Days and Strawbale Building Courses, in Mudgee

For strawbale demonstrations visit the Small Farm Field Days. For the most comprehensive strawbale building course in Australia for architects, builders, engineers and owner builders, book in before they book out

Vince Kelly – Joiner Extraordinaire, Timber Doors, Windows, Kitchens
Ph: 02 4572 1927

RECOMMENDED READING to get you started :

Your Home Design for Lifestyle and the Future
by Chris Reardon Institute for Sustainable Futures

The Straw Bale House
by Athena and Bill Steen. This is the bible of straw bale building

Building With Straw
by Gernot Minke and Friedemann Mahlky. Great technical and practical info

Technical Manual: Australia’s Guide to environmentally Sustainable Homes
This is a brilliant resource for those of you who squirrel information and love technical specs

Sanctuary Magazine

Australian Standards for Bushfire building standards. A must if you or your builder is building in a bushfire zone: Construction of Buildings in Bushfire-Prone Areas AS3959-2009 (note there are amendments)

Rural Fire Service (RFS), Bushfire Assessment Report, on how to determine what bushfire zone you’re in. You can do the bushfire report and submit to council.


Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Federal)
Check out info about government rebates and help in reducing energy and water use

Earth Building Assoc of Australia EBAA
EBAA is an organisation formed to promote the use of unfired earth as a building medium throughout Australia. Earth building includes: mud bricks, poured earth, rammed earth, cobb, earth rendering and lots more!

Green Directory
The Green Directory is Australia’s resource for environmentally preferable products and services. Find anything you want on green living!

House energy
To help calculate your energy usage and help in reducing energy costs

MBA – Master Builders Association NSW
The building industry’s association