Bungendore Visit

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It is always rewarding to visit homes that we have been involved with.  The straw bale pavilion home of Donna in Bungendore is no exception.  Here are some photos from our visit last weekend.  Donna has done a remarkable job since we left in December with the roof going on.  The earthen floor is stunning and has one topping coat to be applied.

The Last Straw SITUPS Article

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Just published in The Last Straw magazine:

The SITUPS Super Insulated Panel System.

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Request to all our web page visitors.

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.  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.  Our contact details are on the top right hand side of the front page.  THANK YOU.

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NEWS JUST IN DONNA HAS MOVED IN!  We helped Donna at Bungendore with a workshop last December and Donna writes today saying that she has moved in!  ”I have moved in! What a wonderful feeling. I’ll have to move out again to finish the floor but I had to have a break and catch up on study. This building business can get pretty all consuming!”

CONGRATULATIONS DONNA!

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LATEST WORKSHOPS BELOW:

 

The Hall of Conciliation and our teaching centre.

SO THE NEXT GANMAIN WORKSHOP WILL BE OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND.

WORKSHOP # 145 GANMAIN NEW SOUTH WALES

EASTER WEEKEND GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 18th. to TUESDAY APRIL 22nd. 2014

FOR DETAILS GO TO: UPCOMING WORKSHOPS.

FOR BOOKINGS GO HERE: Workshop Enrolment

 

Latest Update here: Workshops Comments from Participants

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We receive several enquiries for custom workshops every month from all over Australia.  We are setting dates for 2014 over the next month.  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 now and below is an idea of what can be achieved over a 5 day workshop.

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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 15 years since we brought straw bale building to Australia and for the past 12 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!

 

 

Central Coast Rudolph Steiner School Hall

Here are the latest photographs taken by Jerusha and family thanks team!

 

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Rudolf Steiner School Hall Official Opening

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HOW WE BUILT THE STEINER STRAW BALE HALL

The Last Straw is Back!

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The Last Straw is BACK!  Great news!

The first TLS issue in three years has made it to press.  We are excited to announce our return to regular production.  You can now find your copy in our store in either PDF or print format.

Issue #62 is the first full-color issue of The Last Straw.  It is also full of the kind of content you have come to expect.  Issue #63 is due out in April, which means we will be publishing issues at the end of each quarter.  If you have a project or details of your work that you want to share, make sure to send us you articles soon!  In order to keep up with our schedule we need to receive a steady flow of stories from the field.

Fundraising
This could be the final email on the subject of our fund drive.  By supporting us we can stop talking about it and fill these emails with natural building stories.In that past 10 days we have raised $3,000, added more content to the website and are busy editing Issue #63, due out early next month.  Issue #62 has been a big hit with dozens of orders and subscriptions.  Our Facebook page has been liked hundreds of times and we have seen increased interest across the board.  The word is out that TLS is back and we have something to share.Sometime in the next seven days please make a donation so we can go back to doing what we do best.

Again, you can find the campaign here Indiegogo.com.  All we ask is each and every one of you give a little bit.

Issue #63
As a teaser, our upcoming issue will be full of really good stuff.  Do you know what Tadelakt is?  If you don’t check out the article just posted on our website.  I’ll let you find out for yourself.  We’ll be highlighting hemp-lime, a wall-building technique and bringing you more natural building from Asia. Oh, and did we mention the technical articles from the likes of Andrew Morrison and Chris Magwood?We hope this is enough to convince you to help us just a little bit.  Of course, subscribing and using some of the resources on our website are also great ways to show your support.Once again, thank you for your valuable time and support as TLS is reborn. And remember, we couldn’t do this without your help.

Jeff Ruppert
Editor

VALHALLA WINES

Update Valhalla Straw Bale Winery

The winery walls are constructed from load bearing, metre thick, jumbo straw bales. The winery has been designed using passive solar principles, with double glazed windows and night flush fans to keep temperature even throughout the year for the best maturation of the wines. This helps achieve excellent differentials between outside and inside the winery during the peaks of summer and winter.

Rainwater from our roof area is captured in storage tanks (130,000 litre capacity) and this water is then used throughout the winery. All water used in the cellar door and the toilets is transferred into the worm farm system which breaks the waste down to liquid fertiliser for underground use in the orchard. Winery waste water goes into a settling system prior to use in the making of our compost and dispersal over an eight acre native tree plantation.

Certified Green Energy is used to power the winery with all staff encouraged to reduce the winery’s use of power. Efforts range from using a broom before the hose or blower for cleaning, right through to using gravity during the winemaking process to reduce pumping of the wine.

Our straw bale winery was constructed in 2007 and we chose this building material for a number of reasons. It fits in well with our focus on sustainability with a material that is renewable and clean and the insulation properties of straw bales are exceptional.

We have found over the past few years that we have minimal need for additional heating or cooling within the winery, as the straw bale insulation maintains an even temperature throughout the year. Oh, and in addition, the finished walls look great!

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SITUPS Progress

We have been very busy here in Ganmain with little time for the Internet! We have been manufacturing SITUPS for our next order. The panels are working out well and the order is nearly complete ready for delivery. More and more our business is going in this direction and the SITUPS have a good future.

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AUSTRALIA DAY WORKSHOP UPCOMING CANCELLED

WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS WORKSHOP DUE TO THE VERY HOT WEATHER OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES BUT WORKING IN 40C+ WEATHER IS FAR TOO ONEROUS AND WE DO NOT EXPECT ANYONE TO HAVE TO ENDURE THE EXCESSIVE HEAT.

SO THE NEXT GANMAIN WORKSHOP WILL BE OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND.

WORKSHOP # 145 GANMAIN NEW SOUTH WALES

EASTER WEEKEND GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 18th. to TUESDAY APRIL 22nd. 2014

It was a HOT day today however the living room pavilion is working without any air conditioning.  The temp was timed at 4 pm not 9 pm as in the photo.  We have two ceiling fans and good pelmets with curtains shut at the moment.  No double glazed windows so it could be a whole lot better.  We also have two round sky lights which do bring in some extra heat.  We expect a week of this weather with the hottest day on Thursday forecast.

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Why energy-saving homes often use more energy

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The above artistic photo is of a plan available in the USA and touted as a “Green Home”.

You can see exactly the same buildings as the one above in our suburbs in Australia.  Some claim to have the required star rating for energy efficiency from their State.  I have been wondering how on earth these Mac-mansions get approval in any energy rating schemes in place in Australia today.   The following article sheds light on the matter and why we build using straw bales with good design.

We are about to experience a week of 40C and we still have not installed an air conditioner in our straw bale home.  It will be around 38-43C outside and the temp inside will not exceed 27C with only two ceiling fans and great straw bale walls and pure wool in the ceiling.  Here is the article:

 Why energy-saving homes often use more energy

Energy efficient houses are often thought to be a promising way to reduce our environmental footprint by using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, surprisingly, if you consider the whole life cycle of a house, it turns out that sometimes a new home designed to save energy can end up using more than an average house.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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