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natural building involves a range of building systems and materials that place major emphasis on sustainability. Ways of achieving sustainability through natural building focus on durability and the use of minimally processed, plentiful or renewable resources, as well as those that, while recycled or salvaged, produce healthy living environments and maintain indoor air quality. Natural building tends to rely on human labor, more than technology.

Straw, grass, flowers, and reeds have been used as building materials for centuries. Straw houses have been built on the African plains since the Paleolithic Era. Straw bales were used in construction 260 years ago in Germany; and straw-thatched roofs have long been used in northern Europe and Asia.

Straw Bale

Straw bale building typically consists of stacking rows of bales on a raised footing or foundation, with a moisture barrier or capillary break between the bales and their supporting platform. Bale walls are usually stacked between a post and beam structure then the surface is then stuccoed or plastered, either with a cement-based mix, lime-based formulation, or earth/clay render.

Cob

Cob is a building material consisting of clay, sand, straw, water, and earth, similar to adobe. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movements. It can be used to construct benches, ovens, “garden”walls, and building walls. It is a natural material with unique beauty, but like adobe it will retain heat for long periods as well as cold. It has heat/cold transfer capabilities being a thermal mass, which can take long periods of time to get warm.