strawbale architecture: fuentes design
Fuentes Design in Boulder Colorado, is an ecologically minded design build architecture firm focusing on building science, performance and energy (efficiency).
Straw bale architecture is the firms' focus as opposed to conventional wood-framed walls topped with plywood or oriented strand board and fixed with synthetic glues. Straw bales are the most natural way to build a wall system using wheat and barley straw baled in to provide more insulation than a conventionally built home.
Since straw bales are so tightly packed that they allow for little oxygen circulation thus energy bills are typically very low using this material type. Many of Brian Fuentes' designs also incorporate passive solar design, radiant concrete floors and an overall cradle-to-cradle construction philosophy.