How to Get a Strawbale Home Through Council – Part II
For those back for more punishment, here goes. Conventional homes get through council based on already being in the Building Code (BCA). Natural buildings have to get engineered or approved for building via ‘experts’. Engineers or you must pass the BCA and Australian Standards. This means you need an engineer to sign off on your roof, slab AND in addition, to your strawbale wall system. That’s the first secret ingredient.
The 2nd secret ingredient… is providing Council with a Strawbale Statement. Just stating this method is under the ‘Deemed to Satisfy’ part of the BCA. Address how you will design, build, weather proof, render, engineer and maintain your strawbale home. You will also need to mention fire, how you will warrant against fire.
For the fire… the CSIRO report which was procured by Bohdan Architects. Contact them, he’s still paying off his investment so there is a small fee but if you provide it to Council they will be much happier and should have no reason to knock it back. You will need to read it and follow the rendering system in order to ensure it complies to the bushfire report.
To recap on the secret ingredients to Council Applications for strawbale homes:
- Get an engineer to sign off on strawbale wall construction method used
- Write up a Strawbale Statement, outline the points raised above
- Buy and include the CSIRO report
- Follow and comply with the BCA, Australian Standards, local council’s requirements and all other state and government regulations when building the rest of your homedrum roll… there it is