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Ausbale is a group of building industry professionals, researchers, owner builders, and interested people who share our knowledge and experiences.

This website is a place to ask questions, find answers, seek inspiration, share photos, articles, advice and contribute to the growing movement towards better, smarter, ecologically sustainable, non-toxic and beautiful buildings.

Contact members in your state with any queries - refer to the Find a Professional directory.

New Website Under Development

NewsA new Ausbale website is under development, which wil allow members and the committee to work collaboratively online to bring you the latest in Straw Bale news and events!
In the meantime, we welcome your feedback please post on our facebook page and let us know what information you would like to see on the new Ausbale website.
Thanks so much for your patience, the new website will be unveiled very soon!
Ausbale Webmaster...
studiowest on June 12 2015 03:57:26 | 0 Comments | Print

Find us on Facebook

NewsFor the latest in Ausbale news find us on Facebook!
Rembember to hit the "Like" button and also hover over the "Like" button and click on "Get Notifications"...
studiowest on June 12 2015 04:08:52 | 0 Comments | Print

Rendering and Hot Weather?

MembersHi everyone,

I’ve just finished baling up the house we’re building in Rylstone, NSW. The next step will be rendering.
I’ve used well-compressed rice bales and have performed rendering tests for the three coats needed, on a 2sqm test wall.
The render recipe for the three coats was: 12 parts sand; 4 parts hydrated lime; 1 part GP cement. (Coarse sand used in coats 1 and 2; fiberglass mesh applied after coat 2; and fine sand used in coat 3).
I’m happy with the tests so far (drying times and strength, no cracks). Yet I’d welcome any input/advice regarding temperature and wind conditions during render application.
From now, end of December, until mid February temperatures in Rylstone go beyond 30 C almost every day. And this summer is being unusually windy.
Hence my questions:
1 – Should I start rendering anyway or wait until February for cooler weather?
2 – Has anyone used this recipe or have any insight about it? Reputable, professional straw bale builders gave this recipe to me.

I look forward to hearing your comments/advice.

Wishing everyone a happy New Year,

Marcus Cremonese on June 12 2015 03:53:24 | 0 Comments | Print

BAL 40 Rendered Strawbale permit

NewsAfter 3 years and many thousands of $, we have finally gained a building permit for a rendered strawbale BAL 40 house in Victoria.
Not easy but possible, especially now it's been done....
Brett Vevers on October 22 2014 10:13:08 | 0 Comments | Print

StrawBale Working Bee NSW 13th-16th Nov

WorkshopsNoosa Hinterland Working Bee 13-16th November

This event is facilitated by one of Australia’s leading straw-bale building experts, Frank Thomas from Strawtec, come along and gain hands-on experience raising and rendering the strawbale infill walls for this project.

Cost: $100

For more information see:
studiowest on October 22 2014 10:12:52 | 0 Comments | Print

Australian Strawbale Building Conference 2014

Australian Strawbale Building Conference 2014

Click the logo to visit our web page/blog for more information

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th September 2014

Join Overseas, interstate and local presenters covering a variety of Sustainable and Strawbale building techniques.

In the Strawbale Church Hall Ferryden Park Adelaide.

A full programme of presentations for Friday and Saturday,

Building tours on Sunday.

Hosted by AUSBALE.

Download attendee registration form:

Download presenter application form: (Call for Abstracts)
admin on May 22 2014 23:18:34 | 0 Comments | Print

Strawbale Wall Raising Workshop

WorkshopsJoin us on another Viva Living Homes strawbale workshop to help build a 3 bedroom custom designed, solar passive, strawbale and earth home.

These are the skills you’ll learn: Do prep work you need to do beforehand, erect strawbale walls, tension wires which hold the bales down, brace the walls and strengthen them. How to fill the holes between straw bales. Then you’ll see how cob walls (solid earth walls like mud bricks) are made. You’ll learn what tools and materials you’ll need, how services are dealt with, how to prepare the walls for rendering. How to prepare your soil and clay before rendering. Where and why we use earth renders or lime renders. You'll see how the design of a house can save you thousands of dollars and protect the walls from the weather. Best of all you’ll work out if you’re up to building your own straw bale home. We normally have work stations so you will rotate and get experience doing all of the jobs on site.

Date - 27th March to 30th March 2014 - Thursday to Sunday. 8am to 5pm

Address - near Moss Vale NSW, Australia (address tba)

For more info and to book: http://www.123contactform.com/form-858949/Straw-Bale-Workshop-Form-Mar2014

Places are limited www.vivahomes.com.au...
Vivahomes on February 20 2014 05:14:59 | 0 Comments | Print

Strawbale Course

Workshops1-3 November- Strawbale Building Course at Mudgee. From fundamentals to advanced strawbale building techniques, this 3 day course is for owner builders, builders, engineers, tradies and strawbale maniacs. Last course till Autumn 2014.

This course is a must for anyone considering building a straw bale building, either as an owner, owner-builder, or as a building professional.There is a lot of misleading advice out in the market place when it comes to straw bale as a building material and with our course, you will be able to separate the truth from fiction and build sustainable buildings that are becoming more popular as time goes on.

The course is split 50-50 between classroom learning and hands on building.

For bookings and more info www.arec.com.au
Vivahomes on October 10 2013 22:58:11 | 0 Comments | Print

Straw Bale Wall Raising Workshop. Gunnedah, NSW

WorkshopsThis long Weekend October 4th - 7th inclusive
All aspects of wall raising
Conducted by Pete Sim, Reliabale Constructions
No cost, meals provided, camping available
Rendering workshops to follow late Oct/early November
'Marriot Park' Gunnedah
places still available please contact Kate James on 0402 838462...
katejames2380 on October 01 2013 13:59:52 | 0 Comments | Print

Ausbale is Now on Facebook

NewsYou can also catch us on the new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Ausbale ...
studiowest on July 10 2013 00:41:32 | 0 Comments | Print

July 26th-29th - Build the Bungarribee Community Resource Hub

EventsAll hands on deck!

Come along and spend a long weekend helping to construct the Bungarribbee Community Resource Hub from straw bales ... learn as you go ... you will be building the walls under the guidance of expert straw bale builder Frank Thomas of www.strawtec.com.au
* You must be available for the whole 4 days.
* Current construction induction card (white card) is essential. Other conditions apply. Please contact Jennifer Sweeney on 9841 8662
All materials and equipment supplied including: hardhat, gloves, sunscreen, water and lunch also provided.

RSVP: 19th July jsweeney@urbangrowth.nsw.gov.au
or phone 9841 8662...
studiowest on July 10 2013 00:22:51 | 0 Comments | Print

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harald on October 06 2011 16:20:01
the workshop date has now been confirmed to the 5th and 6th of November. Please e-mail us if at all possible since this is the most definite way f...
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Tomblacket on October 06 2011 12:46:36
Hi Harald. We're interested. Could you please confirm the date and I'll get back to you. Cheers, Tom and Kate
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Chopatha on September 19 2010 12:59:52
I love the big, wide window recesses that can be turned into seating nooks or homes for plants etc.Wink
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Bohdan Dorniak on September 10 2010 19:51:43
Andrew Thanks for fixing the website. It looks great and we can get on with straqwbale q's and a's.
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Luke on October 17 2009 20:42:29
Would the Durra panels (the pressed strawpanels) be an option? They both look nice and insulate at the same time.
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