Straw bale homes seem to tick all the boxes of the ideal passively designed home, yet for all their apparent benefits they are still not that common in building structures.

Straw is cheap, plentiful, eco-friendly and an excellent insulator. Modern straw bale houses deliver excellent levels of energy efficiency, meet the Australian Building Code of Australia, are approved through Councils and comply with the CSIRO fire tests for building in bush fire prone areas. Despite this, it has been hard…