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AUSBALE – The Australian and New Zealand Strawbale Building Association

Ausbale’s website provides a wealth of information regarding strawbale construction: History, FAQ’s, Discussion Forum, Gallery, Resources, News and Events, How to join and much more, please visit

Straw Bale Architects & Designers & Healthy Home Consultants

ZONE ZERO, energy efficient housing, sustainable development, permaculture design. Rick Mitchell, Springwood, Blue Mountains NSW. Ph: 02 47514762 Mobile: 0414514762, e-mail:

Comfy House Design – Max Mosher, Energy Consultant, Accredited NatHERS Assessor for energy ratings.

Andrea Wilson – simpson wilson architecture + urban design
42 chisholm street greenwich 2065 mobile 0409395140 tel+fax 02 9439 5140 email

Environmental Building Solutions, Canberra (EST. 1998) is a building design firm, dedicated to making a contribution towards a viable future for Australia. It aims to do this by encouraging an energy-saving society utilising the principles of environmentally conscious building design. Andrew Fulton PH: 02 6280 9327

Building Biology Services – Indoor Environment Consulting and project Management. Information, Advise, Products and Services for Healthy Homes and Workplaces by qualified Building Biologist Joachim Herrmann. Ph: 02 47843734 e-mail: web:

WD Architects, Andrew Webb & Chris Duffy. Contemporary Energy Efficient Solutions. Cooran, Queensland. Ph: 07 5485 2720. Mobile: 044 88 707 91. E-mail: Web:

Structural Engineers

Greg Westlake, Pacific Westlake. Nowra, 61 Bridge Road ,NSW. Ph: 02 4423 5533 Fax: 02 4422 9799, Mob: 0410 614 167. Website: E-mail:

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Straw Bale Suppliers

Trent Gardiner -Supplier of wheat, rice & barley bales
Coleambally NSW – email:

Ph: (02) 6954 6121 Mobile: 0427 546124

Queensland strawbale supplies by Robert Blanche, Nanango QLD 4651. Ph: 07 4171 0885 Mob: 0427 71 7975 e-mail: – Ian Miller
Smeaton, VIC

Energy Efficiency

ANZSES – The Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society. Empowering our Future through the Environmentally Responsible and Sustainable use of Renewable Energies.

Sustainablehouseday – cool homes Hot Ideas. Visit hundreds of open houses across Australia and New Zealand and find out how to make your house cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and better for the environment.

Energy Smart – Fantastic site with a mine of information on how to improve your homes to be more energy efficient. or phone 1300 138 638 (NSW Government site)

ATA – Alternative Technology Association – Australia’s leading environmental organisation promoting sustainable technology.

RE SA RENEWABLE ENERGY SOUTH AUSTRALIA Pty. Ltd. Phone: +61(08)-8367-0110 Fax: +61(08)-8239-0311 Mail: Internet: Fairs, congresses and trade mission around the topics renewable energies and energy-efficient building and redevelopment. Current news, links, network…

House-Energy; How to Make Home Energy Savings.

Rainbow Power Company LTD. Manufacture, Sales & Installation of Renewable Energy Systems – Nimbin Australia.

Ecological Homes; Creating Better Communities. Australia’s leading one-stop shop for environmental housing technologies and Suppliers of leading-edge solar water heating systems.

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The Bower Re-Use and Repair Co-operative Ltd – Marrickville, Sydney.

Planet Ark –

The Woodage – specialises in the distribution of sustainable/certified timbers. 262 Old Hume Highway, Welby NSW 2575 Telephone: 02 4872 1618 Fax: 02 4872 1323

Thor’s Hammer – Thor’s Hammer produces unusual and beautiful building products from timber that is sourced sustainably. Most of their timber is recycled from old buildings in Canberra and the region, with larger beams also sourced from Sydney and Melbourne. For more info click on the following link to their website.

EarthBasics – EarthBasics sell a range of biodegradable cutlery & plates. They also sell a range of other earth friendly product including bags, cleaning products, nappies, pens and 100% recycled paper. For more info click on the following link to their website.

Earth Building & Mudbricks

DR Robert Rich – Mudsmith, Author of the “Earth Garden Building Book” (new edition 2005). The new edition of this excellent book with a wealth of general and specialised information for the owner builder or anyone planning to built a home has just been released. For more info click on the following link to his website.

Earth Building Association of Australia – The Earth Building Association of Australia (EBAA) is a not for profit organisation formed to promote the use of Unfired Earth as a building medium throughout Australia. For more info click on the following link to their website.

Make it Mudbricks – Peter Jirgens, manufacture and deliver superior quality puddled mud bricks across Australia. For more info click on the following link to their website.


Sustainability Systems & Services – assisting organisations and individulas to achieve their sustainability objectives. Director: Cameron Little, ph:02 9972 3365 e-mail: web:

Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary; Arts & Environment & Spirituality. Australia’s Leading Sustainable Retreat Centre located in Wingello, Southern Highlands, NSW. Offers a variety of weekend retreats for eco-spiritual events. web: e-mail:

Crystal Waters Permaculture Village “A Community working toward balanced natural ecology”.

Naragebup – Rockingham Regional Environment Centre, Rockingham Beach, Western Australia. For natural encounters for the whole family visit this award winning environment centre in Rockingham.

FutureWorld – National Centre for Appropriate Technology. Wollongong, NSW. The Futureworld Eco-Technology Centre is an exciting facility open to the public that demonstrates innovative envrionmentally friendly technologies.

The Rainforest Information Centre – Dedicated to saving our rainforests. For more info click on the following link to their website.

Scythes Australia. The Scythe is the ecological alternative to the Lawn Mover, Whipper Snipper and Brush Cutter, no noise, no fuel and a meditative excersie while cutting your grass or animal fodder, weeding or just a tidy up in your vegie garden. We import hand-forged scythes from Austria and also offer a range of snaths (handles) and sharpening tools, we also run scything workshops on our farm near Mudgee, NSW. Please visit for more information.

Permaculture Visions International – leaders in Permaculture by Distance Learning Established 1993 with students in over 20 countries from Alaska to Outback Australia.
For more info click on the following link to their website.

The Permaforest Trust – Education and training for sustainable living.
For more info click on the following link to their website.

The Green Directory – For eco friendly products and services from businesses around Australia.

EcoDirectory – Australia’s original eco friendly directory. It lists thousands of sustainable, green and environmentally friendly products, services and resources to help you reduce your impact on our environment.

The Ecoshop – Australian eco-friendly shopping website selling eco-friendly products and publishing eco-plus news and eco-links. For more info click on the following link to their website.

WWOOF – Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Experience cultural exchange and learn about organic growing & sustainability while living and working with your host family.

Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environmental Council Assoc. Inc. Promote Conserve Restore…the natural environment. More info at

Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre – Broad-based sustainable living organisation.

Down to Earth Organics – Your one stop eco organic shop. Everything you need for a natural and organic life.

Environmental Real Estate

Envirorealestate, Australia’s Environmental Friendly real Estate – Your marketplace for buying and selling green and healthy homes.

Discussion Boards

EarthGarden Ausbale Strawbale Building Discussion Board. Discussion Board.

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Building Products

Going Eco Pty Ltd. Ecological Products and Building Brokers. Provide a range of ecologically safe building materials, products and finsihes and Eco packages for the builder or homeowner/renovator.

The Green Directory – For eco friendly products and services from businesses around Australia.

Ortech Industries for Durra Panels. Durra Panels provide an environmentally friendly, simple and affordable solution for internal walls and ceilings, for both, residential and commercial buildings. They are made from wheat or rice straw and contain no added chemicals, the manufacturing process is easy and clean and these panels provide a great alternative to conventional systems. Please visit for more information.


AllRisk PTY LTD. Construction Insurance for Owner Builders, Builders, Tradesmen. Strawbale friendly. (Authorised Representative for Westcourt General Insurance Brokers). Please e-mail Mark Adams at or call 1300 255 747 for more information and quotes. Web: Quotes also available online.

Spray Rendering Equipment

Westend Mortar Pumps

Manufacturers of Condor® mixing, pumping and spraying equipment.

Unit 15, 323-329 Woodpark Rd. Smithfield NSW 2164. Ph: 02 87982268

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Tours & Open Days


Strawbale Accommodation

Strawbale Estate Cottages, Tasmania. Located on the Coal River Valley Wine Route, 7 minutes from the historic Richmond Village and 30 minutes from Hobart CBD.

Ph 03 62680719

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Overseas Sites

Natural Homes at A beautiful site with very useful links, recommended reading, examples of natural homes and under “learning” you will find a large variety of workshops on all topics of building and sustainability all over the world, enjoy.

Manfred Fahnert, Germany. Manfred is an artist when it comes to working and creating with clay, lime, colours, natural paints, tadelakt and people. lehmexpress is a current project in Morocco where the Kasbah Asslim is restored under Manfred’s expert guidance and supervision.

New Society Publishers – focuses on books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society.

Living Sol Consultancy, Design and Building; Creating healthy, energy efficient, environmental homes and cottages.

The Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition.

The Last Straw – Since 1993, the quarterly journal The Last Straw has been sharing news and developments from around the world about straw-bale construction and natural building. For more info click on the following link to their website.

Building Green – provide information designed to help building industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings

Yahoo sb-r-us discussion group.

Strawbale discussion board.

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