Promoting the Art & Science of Straw Bale Building
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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.
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BAL 40 Rendered Strawbale permit
After 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....
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.
For more information see:
Join 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
1-3 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
This 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...
July 26th-29th - Build the Bungarribee Community Resource Hub
All 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 9841 8662...
Dunolly Eco Home/ Farmlet for Sale
Be an urban homesteader and forget the rat race! Solar strawbale, 3 bedroom home on flat 1.5 acres in historic goldfields town of Dunolly, central Victoria. Delightful whitewashed interiors. Short walk to shops, bushwalks etc. Cheap to run! Permaculture gardens, giant shady peppercorns, wildflower meadow orchard, native shrubs and much birdlife.
* House dimensions: 7m by 15m, plus 2.4m wide north facing verandah down the full length. * Strawbales around outer walls. Thick insulation elsewhere to match. Great climate control!
* Low maintenance, green colorbond exterior. * Solar passive design, solar hot water and solar pv panels feeding electricity into the grid. * Concrete slab floor, painted for easy care. * Rain tanks, 5 @ 1000 gallons each (rainwater filtered with First Flush Diverters & Leaf Eaters). * Sewer connection. * Instant gas cooking and hot water back up. * Excellent ADSL broadband (thru the phone line)
* Whitewashed interiors are bright and sun-filled in winter. * Big master bedroom has 3 windows with views of trees, 2 smaller bedrooms are very cosy. * Open plan kitchen/dining/lounge. Spacious entrance hall and bathroom/laundry. * Small utility porch/shed on south side.
* Permaculture gardens - 30+ fruit trees, 8 big vegetable beds, giant peppercorn for
shady outdoor living (& makes good plant nursery!), native shrubs & lots of birds around edges. * Flat land, over 1.5 acres. House is on one corner, with room for another, or big studio or shed
etc down the back. * Short walk 3 blocks to Broadway, Dunolly’s main street. * Other directions from house: creek and bush walks, bike trails and gold prospecting close by.
* Dunolly town - Historic goldfields heritage town boasts all amenities: well stocked super-
market, monthly street market, butcher, baker, fish and chips, laundrette, post office, rural transac- tion centre, neighbourhood centre and Mens Shed, Bendigo Bank, pub, mobile library, golf club, public swimming pool, hospital, petrol station, demolition yard with secondhand building materials, kindergaten, primary school, community garden, garden club, bus to Adelaide, Bendigo & Maryborough (train goes straight to Melbourne from there). A great little community!
* Where’s Dunolly? -
45 minutes west of Bendigo, 2 hours north west of Melbourne, 30 minutes from Maldon, 20 minutes from Lake Cairn Curran, 15 minutes from Maryborough.
PRICE: $175,000 CONTACT: Kate@ballaratrealestate.com.au...
Straw Bale Building Courses & Workshops March/April/May
March - This is a 4 day strawbale wall raising workshop on 7-10th March in Yass. If you are thinking of building or owner building a straw bale home, this would be an essential workshop to go along to so you can see what you’ll be doing. Get in quick to register as places are limited to this workshop. Free in exchange for your hard work.
April - Build a strawbale dome with reciprocal roof (self supporting) in a 4 day workbee. On 6-9th April at Milkwood Permaculture Centre. Sam will be running this workshop to show you how you can build your own straw bale dome.
May - The 3 day Strawbale Course is on 3-5th May at the Australian Rural Education Centre, Mudgee.
It’s a one of a kind straw bale course as it goes through the fundamentals to advanced building techniques. This course covers everything from designing a solar passive home to foundations (slab, piers), wall and roof framing (load bearing vs in fill), running services (electrics, plumbing etc), rendering to maintaining your straw bale home. For owner builders, builders, designers and keen natural building enthusiasts. It’s a blend of theory with practical experience.
"I would like to say a big thanks to AREC and Sam Vivers for putting on such a great course. As a building designer it has definitely opened up my eyes to the next level of sustainable building design." Jamie, Harris Building Design Services.
To book these workshops and courses, go to www.vivahomes.com.au