Northfield Construction Company helped Carleton College with some straw bale house construction this winter. The webmaster for the Northfield.org community site blogged on it this week and created a photo album for the project.
I’m curious to learn about the testing the students and professors did on the homes. We constructed the platforms for all the homes, and the roof structure for one of them. All the houses are small….about 8′ by 8′ and 6′ high. The students have placed temperature measuring devices inside the homes to monitor how the straw bales perform for insulation.
There is a fair amount of work going on with alternative construction methods. Straw bales, glass bottles, shredded synthetic fabrics, etc. all all being worked with. It is good to see interest at Carleton to investigate the performance of some of these materials. I’ll post more when I learn the results of their tests.