Saturday, October 25, 2008

What is a straw bale house???

I just realized that I've emailed some of my friends and family about my blog assuming that the world even knows what a straw bale house is... most people might be thinking, "Isn't that the house in the three little pigs that burned down???!!!" That doesn't sound like a good idea at all!

Well actually, a straw bale house is more fire proof than a conventional house. Basically, it is a house that looks like an adobe house from the outside but the walls are about 18 inches thick b/c they are insulated with straw bales making our house super efficient. Our straw bale walls will have an R-value of about 49.5! Most conventional homes have an R-value of between 10 to 20. So our house will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter because the resistance to heat flow (R-value) through our walls will be so AWESOME!

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