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We had the privilege to be engaged as guest speakers at a workshop run by the Dutch strawbale building company RAMstrobouw. Their large strawbale project in Warns, includes a shipyard, annex, warehouse and living quarters. It was a rather long drive to get up to this hidden corner in Holland but it was well worth the effort. Rob Kaptein from RAMstrobouw was a great host, organiser anRead more

Straw bale (Music) Dome in Forstmehren, Germany.

This exceptional strawbale building will be used as a sound studio or music-dome where voice development & music seminars as well as concerts are to be held. The musician and owner of the dome explains that the special acoustic properties of domes are due to the sound being distributed very evenly as the waves travel around the room. The strawbale dome measures 8.20 metres in diameterRead more

Straw bale building gathering in the eco-village Siebenlinden in Germany.

Some of the interesting straw bale experiences from our recent trip to Europe - Frank Thomas and Ingrid Leusch. This 3 day gathering was very well organised by the FSB (Fachverband fuer Strohballenbau Deutschland, see and was attended by about 70 people. Presentations from Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Rumania, Australia and of course Germany included the followiRead more

Spray Rendering Pump

Strawtec is pleased, Strawbale Construction are pleased and excited to let you know that we have finally acquired our own spray rendering pump. The pump is a Condor MPS303 (Mix-Pump-Spray), which is considered to be state of the art mortar application equipment. Its capacity and size allow us to render with clay, lime or cement and the multi functional device will make rendering, Read more

BASIX – Building Sustainability Index

New government rules for building homes in NSW have been introduced on the 1st of July 2004. BASIX sets a new design standard for saving water and energy. BASIX is compulsory and the standards must be met before approval of a development application is issued. Complying with BASIX is free and easy; information and forms can be accessed online at more

Clay Rendered Strawbale Walls – a very strong system

This clay rendered strawbale wall holds two 15 litre buckets filled with water without showing any damage to the render. A 8 mm wallplug and screw were fastened to the wall, the full buckets are hanging without support and the 30 + Kg weight has not put any strain onto the clay render. This basic experiment demonstrates that frames, mirrors, light shelfs and other wall hangings can be Read more

German Fire Tests

Dear friends of strawbale construction, We have had the German report re: fire tests for strawbale construction translated into English.These comprehensive tests were initiated by the German Strawbale Building Association (FASBA) and were conducted at the “Material Testing Authority For The Construction Industry (Institute For Materials, Solid Construction And Fire Protection)” in BRead more