Straw Bale Home Featured in Province-Wide Tour

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

  • Home Alive! the straw bale house at Everdale

    Home Alive! the straw bale house at Everdale

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Home Alive! the straw bale house at Everdale Environmental Learning Centre in Hillsburgh, will be one of 40 homes participating in the 2nd Annual Provincial Straw Bale Home Tour being organized by the fledgling Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition (OSBBC). The tour will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2004.

Straw-bale building has grown from complete obscurity to public prominence in the past half decade. Captivated with the idea of strong, durable, super insulated and beautiful homes that cost no more than conventional construction and which offer remarkable environmental benefits, over 100 home-owners have chosen to build bale homes in the province in the last five years.

This tour is the perfect opportunity to step right inside some straw bale buildings, see what they are like, and get honest feedback from the owners about all aspects of their buildings.

On the Straw Bale Home Tour, bale buildings of all sizes and shapes will be "open to the public" and will give community members an opportunity to see inside some of these unique and often curious structures.

"When a bale building goes up in a community it generates a lot of interest" says Julie Bowen, a straw bale home owner and one of the organizers of the tour, "This will give people the opportunity to step inside these homes and see how they really work." Many of the homes feature other "green" technologies as well, including active and passive solar, wind power, unique waste-treatment systems and innovative materials.

The tour, which stretches across the province from Ottawa to Windsor, will run from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, October 2nd. The cost of the tour is $5 per person, which gains you admission to as many houses as you wish, or you can purchase a membership in the OSBBC for $20 for an Individual, $30 for a Family,
or $40 for a Professional or Associate Membership which gains you free admission to all the houses on the tour plus the other numerous benefits of membership in the OSBBC. This coalition of straw bale homeowners, builders and enthusiasts was founded to provide information for people with an interest in
building and/or owning a straw bale home and to initiate and support efforts to further the base of knowledge about straw building. Our members number over 200 and we are growing steadily.

The OSBBC believes in the need for a movement towards a more environmentally responsible built environment. Chris Magwood, author and bale activist, remarks that, "For the same costs as typical homes and buildings, it is possible right now to create similar spaces from environmentally sound materials and to lower energy consumption dramatically." This tour is the perfect opportunity to see how homeowners from across the province are making these ideas a reality.

Home Alive! will be open from 10am - 4pm on Saturday, October 2nd.
All the details regarding houses on the tour, directions, and a province wide map are available at www.strawbalebuilding.ca

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