8 Great Straw Bale Projects From Around the World

David Fortin, left, and Michael Spencer stand by the potato storage facility that they designed and helped build of straw-bale construction in Kenya.

David Fortin, left, and Michael Spencer stand by the potato storage facility that they designed and helped build of straw-bale construction in Kenya.


“Whenever I drive past a new building on the edge of every town, I wonder — why aren’t they building straw bale? But the word is spreading, and staw bale buildings are becoming a more common sight around the world. Want to take a little tour?” Read more from > 8 Great Straw Bale Projects From Around the World

Natural Building Options for Tiny Trailer Homes

T-111 exterior plywood siding

T-111 exterior plywood siding


Question: What are some good natural material options for tiny trailer homes?

Owen: Good options include cellulose or wool insulation (especially in the roof), straw/clay wall insulation with wood siding or paneling on both sides. Exterior grade vertical groove plywood siding is a popular choice (T-111). On top of this you could add trim boards to create a more pleasing batt and board appearance. Read more from > Natural Building Options for Tiny Trailer Homes

No Lava Rock/Scoria Available in Alaska

From Angela, a reader in Alaska: “I just wanted to add some updated info. I have been searching high and low for scoria. Alaska doesn’t have readily available sources. I have contacted a long list of people and while we can find the volcanoes and a scoria pit even, there’s no way to get it to the general public. Which really frustrates me because I’m been hot on the trail for a long time trying to build an earthbag home for us. If anybody gets any bit of updated info, please share.” Read more from > No Lava Rock/Scoria Available in Alaska

An Overview of Alternative Housing Designs: Part 1

Adobe kitchen

Adobe kitchen


From Temperate Climate Permaculture: “If you read my article on building an intentional community, you’ll see that I am strongly recommending bypassing the traditional mortgage path and promoting build-it-yourself, alternative housing. I have shared a few posts on some of the alternative housing options, but I thought it would be fun to give a brief overview of the more common (of the overall uncommon) alternative housing options that are available today. Read more from > An Overview of Alternative Housing Designs: Part 1