SITUPS Home Passes Test

Blower Door test similar to the one done on the SITUPS.

Good news our SITUPS are performing well with the latest SITUPS home nearing completion.  Our clients have gone to great lengths to ensure a home that passes the stringent requirements for a Passive House certification.

“Great result this week. With Passive House you make the inside air tight (no leaks) and use a mechanical ventilation system to move air in and out moderating the inside temp. To test the airtightness they use a blower door to measure outward pressure then inward pressure and average the air flows (leaks). Typical house would be 15-20 air changes per hour, Passive House certified maximum is .6 air changes, we got .28! Lowest the guy has seen. So all that tape and paper has paid off.”

Passive House Institute Web Site

Blower Door Testing

 

 

Congratulations John and Kym.

Back to Basics Workshop at Grong Grong

GRONG GRONG NEW SOUTH WALES

WORKSHOP # 163

OCTOBER LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2017

SATURDAY 30th. September to WEDNESDAY  4th October 2017

COME JOIN US TO LEARN HOW TO BUILD WITH STRAW BALES. BACK TO BASICS WORKSHOP LEARNING HOW TO BUILD A VERY LOW COST STRAW BALE BUILDING.

USING RECYCLED MATERIALS EARTH AND STRAW.

We are building a straw bale shelter at the Grong Grong Earth Park

It is a reasonable size building with a skillion roof 6 metres by 5 metres.  We will be rendering and roofing over the 5 days.  This workshop will be fun and no pressure.

 

Grong Grong is near Ganmain and we will be based in Ganmain for this weekend as a supplementary part of the workshop.  This includes tours of all 14 straw bale buildings here in Ganmain.  You will also see our latest idea for straw bale building with our SITUPS tilt up straw bale panels.

Enrol Here for the Workshop

 

WARNING GREEN BUILDING WEB SITE! 

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We are experiencing an increased demand for our services and help with all things straw bale especially the SITUPS.  The email inbox is getting very full.  Email by all means and for best results from us and so that you know that you have not been forgotten please include your telephone contact details and we will call you back.  We will do our best to reply to all the emails in a timely manner however you are also very welcome to call us.  THANK YOU.

Cape Town dressSusan is happy to take your call.

Susan on 0412 11 61 57 or John on 0498 190 880

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Come see the Marriage Room part of our straw bale home in Ganmain. There are 14 different straw bale buildings here that make up our business and home.  Below is our Living Room Pavilion:

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Accommodation at the Grong Grong Hotel and Motel.  Always a very popular workshop so book early and come join us the home workshops are always a lot of fun and many long term friendships have blossomed over these weekends.

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Come and get down and dirty learning earthen render and how to make an earthen floor apart from learning how to build in straw.

 

Our Own Straw Bale Home

We believe that if you are going to be convincing in anything that you do then you should be convinced yourself.  That is why we live in our own straw bale house.  It is now over 18 years since we brought straw bale building to Australia and for the past 15 years we have had the amazing benefits of living in a straw bale home made up of 7 pavilions.

Our own home filmed by Better Homes and Gardens in Ganmain this is where we live and we love our straw bale home.

 

Thank you Better Homes and Gardens and especially Johanna Griggs, ENJOY!

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Cat & Door walk

This is the first automatic cat and door entry that I have seen, it works when the tag on the dog or cat is close enough for their private door to open.

There is one installed in one of the SITUPS currently being fitted out.  I would say the first in the world in a straw bale home!

The Huff n Puff HYBRID Method

WE USE OUR HUFF ‘N’ PUFF HYBRID METHOD FOR ALL OUR WORKSHOPS.

SOME CUSTOM WORKSHOPS THAT WE HAVE CONDUCTED: 

We receive several enquiries for custom workshops every month from all over Australia.  We have started setting dates for 2017.   So if you want Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions to conduct a custom workshop to assist you in your building, then now is the time to contact us.  We have done so many of these workshops and below is an idea of what can be achieved over a 5 day custom workshop.

Our last workshop held at Calingiri in Western Australia went very well and here are some photos of what we did in the 5 days:

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Calingiri Day 3

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Calingiri Day 5

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Aldinga South Australia

The Aldinga workshop was a huge success and one of the very best that we have conducted.  Here are a few photos of the 5 day workshop in a great little eco village.

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Carngham in Victoria and here is the plan:

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Day 1 at Carngham Preparation for Workshop

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End of Carngham Workshop Total 8 days from slab to ready for roofing.

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One in Queensland at Canungra 3 Pavilions in 5 Days!

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Oxley in Victoria Amazing Result!

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SITUPS PROGRESS IN VICTORIA

Things are moving well with the SITUPS in Victoria that begun before Christmas.  The owner and his builder are doing a wonderful job.  The windows fitted well and it is looking pretty special.  Next will be the rendering.

Congratulations John and Stuart.

Some photos of the progress:

LATEST SITUPS HOME GOES UP IN VICTORIA:

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DAY 1 Slab ready to build on. 

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Start of Day 2 ALL SITUPS in place next job window and door lintels.

Back home in Ganmain after three weeks on the road, well four.  Here is one of the beautiful SITUPS Straw Panel homes that we supplied and helped to put up the walls while away on this trip. Our clients John and Kym are into the future of the built environment and see straw as one great ways to help build a sustainable Passiv Haus (super insulation, air tight, well ventilated living) home.  Early days but a great start into main stream building.  This property is in Redesdale, Victoria fronting Lake Eppalock near Bendigo.  There was a great team including the clients and their Passiv Haus Certified builder Stuart Lee from Craftsmen Quality Builders who helped put all of this together in under two days. 
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HOT HOT HOT

We still do not have an air conditioner just two ceiling fans and good management.    We  close up at 6.30 am and open up when the temp starts going down outside after sunset.

We have had 4 very hot weeks culminating today in 45C + and yesterday was just as hot.

Nights are a challenge but our straw bale marriage room is performing well.

The living room pavilion is performing exceptionally well and here is an example:

Ignore the time I took this at 7 pm under the eaves outside.  It was much hotter in the sun.

Yesterday 46C, Today expected 45C, this week we had every day above 35C and Thursday was 40C.

So you have to cool the building down at night.

NO AIR CON JUST STRAW BALES!

HAPPY NEW YEAR HAVE A WONDERFUL 2017

We have returned to Ganmain from the Christmas holiday break with family.

Now 2017 promises to be a water shed year for Huff n Puff.  Our work since we started building in straw bale in 1997 is showing fruit after 20 years now.  We have conducted 160 straw bale workshops around Australia  and New Zealand.

We have developed the SITUPS now and this side of our business is growing faster than we expected.  There are now 10 SITUPS buildings  either completed or under way around Australia.  It is this side of the business that we will concentrate on from now on.

This means less workshops in 2017 as we are but two right now!

We look forward to helping all of you who email or better still call us for advice.  0412 11 61 57

We promise to work hard and help straw bale building reach new heights in 2017. 

# 9 SITUPS Building

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This is our 9th SITUPS building, a home for a delightful couple Anne and Sean near Daylesford in Central Victoria.

The second SITUPS home we supplied last week went to Central Victoria near Daylesford. We went there after the Bendigo SITUPS home and again helped with the erection process of these tilt-up super insulated panels.

I will post more on this project soon. Here are some photos of the process this time on piers bearers and joists. The second part will be on a concrete slab. It is a beautiful design which complements the existing stone house and Bed and Breakfast. “Stone and Straw”

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SITUPS Victoria Bendigo

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Back home in Ganmain after three weeks on the road, well four. Here is one of the beautiful SITUPS Straw Panel homes that we supplied and helped to put up the walls.

This is in Victoria around the Bendigo area. I will post two sets of pics here for now. There was a great team including the clients who put all of this together in under two days.

Our clients are into the future of the built environment and see straw as one great way to help the environment become sustainable. Early days but a great start in main stream building.

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