Straw Bale Workshops 2018

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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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Straw Bale Workshops 2018

ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT WORKSHOPS:

EASTER WEEKEND  2018

GANMAIN NEW SOUTH WALES

WORKSHOP # 164

COME JOIN US TO LEARN HOW TO BUILD WITH STRAW BALES.

FRIDAY 30th March to TUESDAY 3rd April 2018

Enrol Here for the Workshop

 

 

 

 

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

 

SITUPS #12 GOES UP IN BATHURST

Today September 18th we started our 12th SITUPS home.  The block of land is situated in Bathurst and our client has chosen a very good builder and his team from Bathurst.  David Marshall of MADiK Constructions, is enjoying the experience of building with a new medium SITUPS.  Here are some photos from today, we did not get unloaded until 10.30 and stopped work at 4pm.  A good day with a team that has not put these up before.

Leaving Ganmain

The view over Bathurst

The slab ready to go!

Looking forward to tomorrow, perfect weather!

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.

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!

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

COMPLETED

Even with a small team of volunteers and a couple of workshop participants we have achieved an enormous amount in the 5 days.  the earth Garden is looking great and this building will enhance it’s work and be a central point for the volunteers to meet and enjoy their work.

Here are some photos from the last day.

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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