Building a 21st century straw bale home

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MANCHESTER CENTER>> On Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m., Alan Benoit will present "21st Century Straw Bale Home" at the Manchester Community Library, as part of the Sustainable Living Series.

Building a home using natural materials like straw and clay would seem perfectly normal for Arizona in the 1800s. But what about using these materials to build a home today in Northern Vermont's wetter and much colder climate? How do you keep the straw dry, control air tightness and meet our stringent energy code? How do you even begin to build a house using straw bales and what are the tools and techniques used? This month's Sustainable Living presentation will answer all these questions and many others with an excellent collection of photos, videos and even some hands-on demonstrations. The homeowners/builders of a modern straw bale home will be in attendance to give a first-hand account of the process, describe building their "labor of love" and share all that was learned along the way. The program is for those building their dream home, anyone wanting to use natural materials in their next project, or are simply curious about the process.

The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For additional information, email events@mclvt.org or call 802-362-2607.


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