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Alternative Building Materials Like Straw

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In this next conversation about alternate materials used to build a home, straw is definitely be a viable option. Straw, an agricultural byproduct, is the dry stalk of cereal plants left over once the grain and chaff have been removed. Aside from producing half of the cereal yield, straw is used for fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, as well as basket making and thatching. When stored in bales, straw can take on a whole new use. More specifically it can be used to make straw bale homes. Straw that is used for this particular purpose is usually covered with an earthen plaster and stacked in rows and held together by a cement mixture.

Straw bale homes have been gaining popularity due to the benefits the homes provide to homeowners. The use of this particular resource provides homeowners with better living conditions. Straw has many advantages when used as an alternative building material, including its renewable nature, its low cost, high insulation value, it is easily available, and is naturally fire retardant. The fact that straw has a relatively low cost makes it an ideal option when comparing prices to more conventional building materials. Being able to save money will help, especially in the cost of building a house.

Straw is also a very readily available resource that is easy to acquire. Natural resources are very important to the environment and using them for projects such as home building make its acquirability even more important. The fact that straw is readily available and is by no means scarce makes it a top choice when making an effort to be environment friendly.

One big upside to using straw as insulation or as actual walls is that straw is naturally flame retardant. Any homeowner would love the idea of a flame retardant home. Many people could rest easy knowing their home has added protection against unexpected fires due to the material from which it is built.

Lastly, straw has a the ability to provide exceptional insulation. Quality of living is important for any home. There are certain standards a home should be built by and quality insulation is a main factor in achieving that end. Whether you need insulation to protect you from the heat or cold, straw will help regulate the temperature that would be best suited for its homeowners’ location and climate. Straw has been used in the process of building homes dating all the way back to the Paleolithic era and also used in teepees as insulation during the winter. Straw is a readily available resource that has many properties that could help make your house a home.

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