Project Leads & Sponsors:
 .  Sustainable Sources
 .  The Last Staw Journal
 .  SBAT
 .  DCAT

Sustainable Sources

Web Services
 .  Design
 .  Hosting
 .  FTP Access
 .  Domain Names
Sustainable Building
 .  Sourcebook
 .  Real Estate
 .  Professionals Directory
 .  Calendar
 .  Conferences
 .  Green Building Links
Sustainable Reading
 .  Bookstore
 .  Articles

Sustainable Tourism
 .  Eco Travel in Latin America

Contact Our Webmaster

Sustainable Building Green Building Calendar Green Building Professionals Directory Green Real Estate Classifieds Bookstore Internet Services

International Straw Bale Building Registry, created and hosted by Sustainable Sources

IMPORTANT! We are currently working on an update to this Registry. To be notified when it is ready for use, please sign up at

Contact Name:Judith Fischer
Mailing address:
 Niederkirchen, RP 67700
Structure Location: Am Elschberg 34
 Niederkirchen, RP 67700
Web site:

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 69 sq meter
exterior size: 80 sq meter
Number of stories: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Built primarily by: Owner Built

Open to visitors by appointment.

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: Monolithic concrete slab with floor heating
Exterior Finish:
    Wood siding over plastered bales
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, with trowels
    Pneumatically or mechanically
    First layer pneumatically, finishing layer by hand / with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, wood/bamboo
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 350 mm X 450 mm X 700 mm
Number of bales used: 350
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes

Unique features: With 69 square meters very small for German standards, but was intended that way to keep the heating bill as low as possible. 7 kW wood burning stove with water tank feeds the floor heating.

Problems encountered: Straw was of poor quality due to bad weather conditions in 2011. Not properly compressed, stalks way too short. Short pieces of straw were not properly interwoven, which is why the heavy mud plaster would not cling to the wall in a couple of places. Thus, the outside was covered with only ONE layer of mud plaster, and then protected with a wood facade, which was not planned like that in the beginning.

Register | Update | Mortgage | Insurance