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:



DAY 1 Slab ready to build on. 


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. 


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.



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


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”


SITUPS Victoria Bendigo


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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SITUPS Bolivia NSW Day 2

I will let the photos do the talking amazing result after only two days.  Remember we started with a slab yesterday morning and  with a great crew including Lyndon, Graham, Nathan, Mark, Susan Irene and Jessie, we now have it close to ready for roofing.  One more day and it will be ready to roof and even start rendering.


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Good night!


We have a new team in  our factory Fanny and Jeremy from France.  Fanny and Jeremy are travelling through Australia on a working holiday visa.  They are working with us in the factory making SITUPS for one of our ever growing clients.  They are a delightful couple and we will miss them when they leave to continue their journey.

Fanny and Jeremy