Professional Strawbale has two immediate priorities – to take part in creating beautiful energy efficient homes, and to de-mystify the process of strawbale building so that EVERYONE has the chance to build in strawbale.
Building in straw has many benefits – locking up tons of carbon for possibly centuries, saving thousands of dollars on heating and cooling costs and therefore carbon emissions, Creating works of beautiful, affordable and practical architecture, and giving people the power to choose a method of building that doesn’t cost the earth – literally.
The problem we’ve seen with strawbale building over the last 7 years has been similar to that faced by the mud-brick industry in its ‘hey-day’. The fact that people involved in the trade tended to keep good information to themselves to maintain a degree of monopoly on the industry or make up their own methods (no matter how impractical or unnecessarily costly) to give the impression they were the only ones having the know-how to do a competent job.
Professional Strawbale is all about de-bunking those myths and making strawbale building available and achievable for all, giving almost everyone in the new home market the ability to build a home that is not only eco-friendly, and built with sustainable building practices, but also beautiful, which can be used in conjunction with practically all other building materials, methods and styles, from rustic and hand-made to ultra-modern or industrial.
The methods we’ve developed so far allow us to make strawbale work in with virtually any other building material in common usage, and that’s the secret. If plasterers, cabinet makers, tilers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters etc know that their trade can work seamlessly with ours, the project flows smoothly, cost effectively, and with no compromises on the quality of finish or the style and look you want to achieve
There are as many different styles and methods of building in straw as there are builders, but to our way of thinking, our job is to make strawbale construction ‘dovetail’ into the building industry as a whole, to make it practical, affordable and most importantly, accessable by anyone who seeks to build in sustainable materials.
The consumer shouldn’t have to seek out an architect who’s strawbale savvy; ALL architects should know that strawbale can be used easily and effectively to create a walling system that has great insulation value, internal thermal mass evenly distributed through the building, strength and durability as well as the ability to be finished in an almost unlimited range of textures and styles.