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Question submitted on 10/12/07

I want find info about straw bale, adobe and other types of construction beyond the "stick house" that is still so much the norm.


There are quite a few good books on the subject. has a comprehensive list available at These and the other titles on the list are available through your local library, either in their collection or through their interlibrary loan service.

A couple of particularly good titles are:

Chiras, Daniel D. 2004. The new ecological home: the complete guide to green building options. Chelsea green guides for homeowners. White River Junction, Vt: Chelsea Green Pub. Co. (

Snell, Clarke, and Tim Callahan. 2005. Building green: a complete how-to guide to alternative building methods : earth plaster, straw bale, cordwood, cob, living roofs. New York: Lark Books. (

For items on straw bale building specifically, see

If you're looking for information on the Internet, try:

A Sourcebook for Green and Sustainable Building

Building With Awareness
Sells books and DVDs about straw bale house construction

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