Professional Directory

Straw bale buildings have employed a wide range of techniques, construction details and finishes around the world. Not all of these are necessarily suitable or recommended for any Australian or New Zealand conditions.

Specific advice should be sought before embarking on any risky undertakings such as construction of a building.

The professional members listed below may be able to assist you with your project. Listings are in alphabetical order by discipline.

If in doubt, ask!

Architects

Bohdan Dorniak Pty Ltd.
Prospect
SA
Australia
Bohdan Dorniak
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Architects and Town Planners

With a client-centered approach which respects the client's wishes, needs, budgetary constraints and lifestyle, further consideration is given to energy demands and ongoing building efficiency and sustainability. Our challenge and commitment is to create a design to fulfill client needs and site conditions.

studioGREEN Architects
Gumdale
QLD
Australia
Kurt Piccardi
0434 884 633
61 7 3245 2898
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studioGREEN architects is a boutique architectural firm offering a holistic design service. We are strong believers in listening to the client's individual needs and lifestyle giving them what they want.

We specialise in environmentally appropriate design solutions with the project design incorporating the design of the surrounding landscape. The building should be one with its environment.

Prudence Bowe Architect
Newcastle
NSW
Australia
Prudence Bowe
0430 020 540
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Architect + NatHERS Assessor

Prudence has a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Newcastle. She is interested in all areas of environmentally sustainable design including passive heating and cooling, thermal mass, insulation, renewable energy, water harvesting, and creating healthy indoor environments using natural and recycled materials.

Prudence tailors her designs to suit individual site, client and project requirements, while advocating a sustainable lifestyle and reducing the overall impact on the environment. Her underlying design intent in every project is to capture natural light, utilise natural ventilation and to neatly integrate renewable energy and water harvesting systems, with a focus on natural and recycled materials.

Prudence is also a qualified Residential Building Thermal Performance Assessor under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), accredited with the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) and offers this service as part of the design process, using software to simulate the thermal performance of a house during the design stage.

‘Heating and cooling homes adds cost to energy bills and impacts on the environment.

The amount of energy needed to stay warm in winter and cool in summer can easily be reduced by the good design and construction of our homes.

Assessing a building's thermal performance at design stage can identify simple, economical ways to make it more comfortable and save money and energy.’ – www.nathers.gov.au

Builders

Builders

House of Bales
Currency Creek
SA
Australia
Lance Kairl
0402911216
0885554223
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Products and Services

Consulting

Lance has an extensive knowledge of working with strawbale as a building medium and can provide consulting packages for designers, builders and owners.  His consultancy will assist with

  • Demystifying the building regulation and approval processes for strawbale
  • Preliminary design considerations
  • Construction techniques and viable options
  • Technical support and instruction during design process
  • Inspection of work in progress, written reports and remedial, rectification steps documented

Building

Our partnership G Thomas and L Kairl Builders is able to contract for full construction of your

  • New home
  • Extension
  • Studio
  • Feature garden walls

We will consider full contract construction in the Adelaide Hills, southern suburbs, Fluerieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.  In some instances full construction in other areas will be seriously considered.

Assisting Owner Builders

Lance and his team can provide support during the whole process of your strawbale building project (see Building Works Supervisor), or just part of it.

Lance can provide a getting started package, (usually his team for 3 days) with occasional ongoing support.

He can provide a quoted cost to supply, install and render strawbale walls and have the owner’s work with him and his team to reduce the cost.  The cost of formulating any detailed quote is charged

Alternatively, Lance is able to provide a rough cost estimate and work actively with the owners to install and render the strawbale walls.

Contracting

Lance offers contract wall construction and sub contracting to other builders or owner builders.  He can supply and install strawbale walls and render them anywhere in South Australia (also Queensland, other states will be considered).

Some of the projects that he has subcontracted on are

  • Houses-including Adelaide, Loxton, Murray Bridge and Aldinga
  • Home extensions-Adelaide, Gawler
  • Commercial construction-high school eco science building, bio dynamic winery
  • Feature garden walls-Goolwa Jekajeri Park, Murray Bridge Fraser Park School

Rendering

Lance has developed a pump for spray rendering.  It is designed for use with small aggregate mortars, plaster, mud and other thick viscous materials. It enables render to be applied evenly and quickly to strawbales.  Lance offers a spray rendering service for strawbale walls.  He and the team spray render 1st and 2nd coats of strawbale walls, patching and shaping render to get the desired shape.  Hand rendering for final coat is normal, for some small projects we hand render all 3 coats.

  • Lance and his team offer you the choice of
  • Rendering all coats
  • Spray rendering 1st coat only
  • Spray rendering1st and 2nd coats
  • Assisting with preparation for final coat rendering and or
  • Final coat rendering only

(Some owners assist in the rendering process and we are happy to accommodate this.)

ODM Building Co.
Stirling
SA
Australia
Oliver Millott
0410618838
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Two Creative
Aldinga Beach
SA
Australia
Scott Goldie
0425317071
0425317071
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With 10 years strawbale experience, and 70 plus strawbale projects across South Australia, Two Creative offers Hand crafted strawbale building services.  Specialising in various natural finishes for strawbale buildings, including Lime, clay and polished finishes. 

Viva Living Homes
Lawson
NSW
0450 480 460
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A Viva Home is made of straw bales, cob, rammed or poured earth, timber and other natural materials.

Architecturally & solar passively designed, they are unique as we are the only straw bale building company who can give fixed prices and contracts to a completion date. This means you will get a beautiful straw bale home that you love and is built to your budget.

Our unique designs and wall system gives you an affordable sustainable home.

We use quality assurance procedures to guarantee a quality finish. Ask us about our guarantee.

Building Biologists

Building Designers

Anvill Straw Bale Building Training and Consultants
Victoria
VIC
Australia
Brian Hodge
0428246868
0428246868
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Learn everything that you need to know to build your own straw bale house from Brian Hodge, author of "You Can Build a Straw Bale House" published by CSIRO publishing.

We have online workshop that explain everything you need to know, from foundations through to the roof!

Once you have graduated from the online workshop you get access to Brian's team of engineers, drafts-people and building surveyors that will help you get your house through council approvals. 

Unlike other workshops, Brian's training teaches you everything you need to know actually build a house, not just how to stack bales and render. Learning just the straw bale part of straw bale building is a recipe for disaster. Brian has over 30 years of building experience and is available for consultation and site visits for people who graduate from the training program.

If you have any questions please email brian or call 0428 246 868.

Hank Kaas

OffLine
LookaDesign
Willunga
SA
Australia
Looka
0400 539 993
08 8557 1880
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Sustainable Design

 

 

Providing spaces that embodies our clients beliefs with

practical design creating buildings that:

  • Naturally respond to the climate

  • Comfortable living spaces

  • Reduced energy consumption

  • Cost effective and affordable

  • Minimal impact on the environment

Choosing a sustainable building to live in provides a positive

impact on the environment with features such as:

  • Buildings that compliments the natural contours of the land

  • Thought through designs that last longer and does not date

  • Energy assessments providing up to 8 Stars and above

  • Natural passive ventilation thus reducing energy consumption

  • Water efficient sanitary fixtures and fittings

  • Low impact methods of stormwater management

  • Environmentally friendly was water design

  • Rainwater harvesting

Designs that are family friendly and future proof.​

Adobe South
Onerahi
New Zealand
Ian Redfern
027 490 2324
09 436 4040
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Adobe South offers a boutique innovative design and mentoring service to our building clients with a focus on natural building materials utilising passive solar design practices as we design your home.

Natural building encompasses the principals and practices of eco-healthy and sustainable (aka green) building. Passive solar design principles form the basis of all our designs, - even south facing homes can be designed to trap winter solar sun!

Enduring Domain Building Design
Creswick
VIC
Australia
Matthew Turner
+61420397887
+61420397887
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Enduring Domain is an innovative building design firm.
We are dedicated to creating inspired spaces by using appropriate materials, technology and strategies.
Specialising in highly energy efficient and environmentally sustainable places of abode, work and leisure. New builds, additions and alterations of any scale.
Principal Matt Turner has extensive experience in professionally designed rendered strawbale building and are pleased to offer this service to our valued clients.

 

Unicorn Architecture
Daylesford
VIC
Australia
Stephen Schenk
0408 533 742
03 5348 1298
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Unicorn Architecture is an award winning Design firm specialising in environmentally sustainable buildings. We are based in Daylesford, Victoria and work with a range of materials and styles to create beautiful and comfortable built environments.

 

Educators

Anvill Straw Bale Building Training and Consultants
Victoria
VIC
Australia
Brian Hodge
0428246868
0428246868
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Learn everything that you need to know to build your own straw bale house from Brian Hodge, author of "You Can Build a Straw Bale House" published by CSIRO publishing.

We have online workshop that explain everything you need to know, from foundations through to the roof!

Once you have graduated from the online workshop you get access to Brian's team of engineers, drafts-people and building surveyors that will help you get your house through council approvals. 

Unlike other workshops, Brian's training teaches you everything you need to know actually build a house, not just how to stack bales and render. Learning just the straw bale part of straw bale building is a recipe for disaster. Brian has over 30 years of building experience and is available for consultation and site visits for people who graduate from the training program.

If you have any questions please email brian or call 0428 246 868.

House of Bales
Currency Creek
SA
Australia
Lance Kairl
0402911216
0885554223
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Products and Services

Consulting

Lance has an extensive knowledge of working with strawbale as a building medium and can provide consulting packages for designers, builders and owners.  His consultancy will assist with

  • Demystifying the building regulation and approval processes for strawbale
  • Preliminary design considerations
  • Construction techniques and viable options
  • Technical support and instruction during design process
  • Inspection of work in progress, written reports and remedial, rectification steps documented

Building

Our partnership G Thomas and L Kairl Builders is able to contract for full construction of your

  • New home
  • Extension
  • Studio
  • Feature garden walls

We will consider full contract construction in the Adelaide Hills, southern suburbs, Fluerieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.  In some instances full construction in other areas will be seriously considered.

Assisting Owner Builders

Lance and his team can provide support during the whole process of your strawbale building project (see Building Works Supervisor), or just part of it.

Lance can provide a getting started package, (usually his team for 3 days) with occasional ongoing support.

He can provide a quoted cost to supply, install and render strawbale walls and have the owner’s work with him and his team to reduce the cost.  The cost of formulating any detailed quote is charged

Alternatively, Lance is able to provide a rough cost estimate and work actively with the owners to install and render the strawbale walls.

Contracting

Lance offers contract wall construction and sub contracting to other builders or owner builders.  He can supply and install strawbale walls and render them anywhere in South Australia (also Queensland, other states will be considered).

Some of the projects that he has subcontracted on are

  • Houses-including Adelaide, Loxton, Murray Bridge and Aldinga
  • Home extensions-Adelaide, Gawler
  • Commercial construction-high school eco science building, bio dynamic winery
  • Feature garden walls-Goolwa Jekajeri Park, Murray Bridge Fraser Park School

Rendering

Lance has developed a pump for spray rendering.  It is designed for use with small aggregate mortars, plaster, mud and other thick viscous materials. It enables render to be applied evenly and quickly to strawbales.  Lance offers a spray rendering service for strawbale walls.  He and the team spray render 1st and 2nd coats of strawbale walls, patching and shaping render to get the desired shape.  Hand rendering for final coat is normal, for some small projects we hand render all 3 coats.

  • Lance and his team offer you the choice of
  • Rendering all coats
  • Spray rendering 1st coat only
  • Spray rendering1st and 2nd coats
  • Assisting with preparation for final coat rendering and or
  • Final coat rendering only

(Some owners assist in the rendering process and we are happy to accommodate this.)

Engineers

Anvill Straw Bale Building Training and Consultants
Victoria
VIC
Australia
Brian Hodge
0428246868
0428246868
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Learn everything that you need to know to build your own straw bale house from Brian Hodge, author of "You Can Build a Straw Bale House" published by CSIRO publishing.

We have online workshop that explain everything you need to know, from foundations through to the roof!

Once you have graduated from the online workshop you get access to Brian's team of engineers, drafts-people and building surveyors that will help you get your house through council approvals. 

Unlike other workshops, Brian's training teaches you everything you need to know actually build a house, not just how to stack bales and render. Learning just the straw bale part of straw bale building is a recipe for disaster. Brian has over 30 years of building experience and is available for consultation and site visits for people who graduate from the training program.

If you have any questions please email brian or call 0428 246 868.

Stephen Cole Consulting Engineer
Margate
TAS
Australia
Stephen Cole
0417 650 474
03 6100 6010

I am a Civil & Structural Engineer with 15 years’ experience, and based in Margate, Southern Tasmania. My work includes the structural design and inspection for low rise (1-3 storeys) buildings, with a particular interest in natural materials and systems.

My aspiration is to create healthy, sustainable buildings that relate harmoniously to their environment, and support the physical, social and spiritual nourishment and evolution of living beings.

Insurers

Suppliers

Anvill Straw Bale Building Training and Consultants
Victoria
VIC
Australia
Brian Hodge
0428246868
0428246868
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Learn everything that you need to know to build your own straw bale house from Brian Hodge, author of "You Can Build a Straw Bale House" published by CSIRO publishing.

We have online workshop that explain everything you need to know, from foundations through to the roof!

Once you have graduated from the online workshop you get access to Brian's team of engineers, drafts-people and building surveyors that will help you get your house through council approvals. 

Unlike other workshops, Brian's training teaches you everything you need to know actually build a house, not just how to stack bales and render. Learning just the straw bale part of straw bale building is a recipe for disaster. Brian has over 30 years of building experience and is available for consultation and site visits for people who graduate from the training program.

If you have any questions please email brian or call 0428 246 868.

House of Bales
Currency Creek
SA
Australia
Lance Kairl
0402911216
0885554223
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Products and Services

Consulting

Lance has an extensive knowledge of working with strawbale as a building medium and can provide consulting packages for designers, builders and owners.  His consultancy will assist with

  • Demystifying the building regulation and approval processes for strawbale
  • Preliminary design considerations
  • Construction techniques and viable options
  • Technical support and instruction during design process
  • Inspection of work in progress, written reports and remedial, rectification steps documented

Building

Our partnership G Thomas and L Kairl Builders is able to contract for full construction of your

  • New home
  • Extension
  • Studio
  • Feature garden walls

We will consider full contract construction in the Adelaide Hills, southern suburbs, Fluerieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.  In some instances full construction in other areas will be seriously considered.

Assisting Owner Builders

Lance and his team can provide support during the whole process of your strawbale building project (see Building Works Supervisor), or just part of it.

Lance can provide a getting started package, (usually his team for 3 days) with occasional ongoing support.

He can provide a quoted cost to supply, install and render strawbale walls and have the owner’s work with him and his team to reduce the cost.  The cost of formulating any detailed quote is charged

Alternatively, Lance is able to provide a rough cost estimate and work actively with the owners to install and render the strawbale walls.

Contracting

Lance offers contract wall construction and sub contracting to other builders or owner builders.  He can supply and install strawbale walls and render them anywhere in South Australia (also Queensland, other states will be considered).

Some of the projects that he has subcontracted on are

  • Houses-including Adelaide, Loxton, Murray Bridge and Aldinga
  • Home extensions-Adelaide, Gawler
  • Commercial construction-high school eco science building, bio dynamic winery
  • Feature garden walls-Goolwa Jekajeri Park, Murray Bridge Fraser Park School

Rendering

Lance has developed a pump for spray rendering.  It is designed for use with small aggregate mortars, plaster, mud and other thick viscous materials. It enables render to be applied evenly and quickly to strawbales.  Lance offers a spray rendering service for strawbale walls.  He and the team spray render 1st and 2nd coats of strawbale walls, patching and shaping render to get the desired shape.  Hand rendering for final coat is normal, for some small projects we hand render all 3 coats.

  • Lance and his team offer you the choice of
  • Rendering all coats
  • Spray rendering 1st coat only
  • Spray rendering1st and 2nd coats
  • Assisting with preparation for final coat rendering and or
  • Final coat rendering only

(Some owners assist in the rendering process and we are happy to accommodate this.)

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