Title: Strawbale Construction Curriculum
by Katia LeMone and Dr. Owen Geiger. Photographs by Catherine Wanek Published 2006

The Builders Without Borders (BWB) Straw-Bale Construction Guide was created to meet the growing demand for easy-to-understand instructions on building strawbale homes. It is designed for workshop participants, the communities that work with BWB and anyone who wants to build a comfortable, affordable home. This book is a pictorial how-to guide on straw-bale construction basics that emphasizes low-cost methods to help those in the greatest need for affordable housing.


Title: A House of Straw: An Odyssey Into Natural Building
by Carolyn Roberts of A House of Straw Published 2002

For everyone who has a dream that they are not sure they can accomplish, but are dying to try. Carolyn Roberts is an outstanding example to those of us who are willing to work hard and to stand up for what they believe in. Part memoir, part construction journal, A House of Straw will inspire you with its joys and sorrows, warmth, humour, and above all its painful honesty. It takes courage to build a house. Reading someone else’s story can help you on the path.


Title: The New Strawbale Home
by Catherine Wanek of CatherineWanek.com Published 2003

The New Strawbale Home compiles floor plans and images from thirty homes across North America, showcasing a spectrum of regional styles and personal aesthetic choices. This practical guide discusses varying climate considerations and essential design details for problem-free construction and low maintenance, and also points out the ecologically friendly, energy-saving aspects of straw bale construction.

Practical Straw Bale Building

Title: Practical Straw Bale Building
by Murray Hollis Published 2005

Describes the best practices and new ideas in a step-by-step approach. It describes in-fill and load-bearing walls, the properties of materials used to plaster the walls, and how particular features are incorporated, such as windows, doors, arches, plumbing and electrical. It also describes new ways to construct straighter, thinner and easier-to-plaster walls.

Available from CSIRO in pdf format here

Building Your Straw Bale Home

Title: Building Your Straw Bale Home: From Foundations to the Roof
by Brian Hodge of Straw-bale-houses   Published 2006

One of the primary concerns of owner-builders is their capacity to deal with the structural issues associated with building a straw bale house. This practical guide is written especially for the owner-builder and provides the reader with step-by-step practical instructions. "This book is a good reference for anyone who has a desire to understand building construction or a desire to build a straw bale house to a high standard using well-researched methods." - Bohdan Dorniak, President of Ausbale

Building a Straw Bale House

Title: Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook
by Jane Goodall (Foreword), Nathaniel Corum (Author) Published 2005

The best examples of straw bale construction can be found in houses built on poverty-stricken American Indian reservations by the award-winning Red Feather Development Group . Through years of research followed by the successful completion of over thirty-five housing and community based building projects, Red Feather has arrived at a straw bale construction prototype that reflects the needs of the communities with whom they work.

Serious Straw Bale

Title: Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates
by Paul Lacinski, Michael Bergeron Published 2000

This book provides the metaphorical nuts and bolts of straw bale construction for homes and other buildings. Unlike many other straw bale construction books on the market, this one looks at building design issues from the perspective of the straw bale builders and considers the particular needs of the medium. See an interview with Paul on EnviroVideo

The Construction of a Hybrid Home

Title: Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home
Ted Owens of Building With Awareness Published 2006

Also released as a DVD, see the author's website above. Follow the design and construction of one house - from start to finish - and see how aesthetics, comfort, and energy efficiency can all come from the same materials and design parameters. Ted Owens used the book A Patern Language to guide the design of his home.

A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw

Title: More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw
By: Chris Magwood, Peter Mack of Camel's Back Construction Published 2005

Re-write of 'Straw Bale Building' discussing the practical issues of: choosing bales; developing building plans; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building in northern climates. New material on: electric wiring and plumbing; updated on bale finishing; prefabricated straw bale walls; lots of case studies, photographs and illustrations; common mistakes; budgeting for low-, medium- and high-cost projects, and new testing data that is in no other straw bale book.

Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects and Designs

Title: Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects and Designs
By: Bill Steen, Athena Swentzell Steen and Wayne Bingham of the Canelo Project Published 2005

"This practical guide is filled with rich photos of homes, greenhouses, studios, sheds, open-air structures and more, each pulsating with unique yet subtle creativity. Both a pragmatic construction manual and a philosophical, artistic guidebook, Small Strawbale is an inspirational starting point for a strawbale dreamer, and a great source of information for those who are ready to get bailing."

Building with Straw Bales

Title: Building with Straw Bales: A Practical Guide for the UK and Ireland
By Barbara Jones of Straw Works Published 2002

Barbara Jones is an experienced straw bale builder in the UK. The book has details of all the main construction methods and includes bale specifications walls and foundations, doors and windows, plastering, plans and drawings together with building regulations and planning permission.

The Straw Bale House

Title: The Straw Bale House
By: Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge, David Eisenberg the Canelo Project Published 1995

A guide to building living structures with straw bales. Covers benefits of building with straw bales, safety concerns, building codes, and insurance, and offers techniques for building walls, windows, doors, foundations, roofs, floors, and plastering the straw walls. Includes b&w photos demonstrating building techniques, and color photos of finish