Hello out there...
I live in Pagosa Springs Colorado, and I can help build straw bale homes in the area. I have mastered a load bearing straw bale system developed by Bill and Athena Steen in Tucson AZ, along with Natural Earth Plastering and Rammed EarthThermal Mass Flooring, some would also call this poured adobe.
I work for Colorado Housing, Inc. (CHI), a non-profit organization that helps low income families build their own affordable housing in the Four Cormers area. We are funded by the USDA's Rural Development Grant program, and over the past 10 years have built over 200 homes in the area. It is based on the community barn raising concept of the late 1800's and early 1900's... way cool for single parents and others that might be struggling in today's economy and would love to own their own home they built them selves with the help of others in the same situation and CHI program.
I am very new to CHI, and joined them to advocate straw bale. We just happen to share our office in Pagosa with Habitat for Humanity, and hope to build the first straw bale home for them later this year. We are building conventional stick houses (but very Green!!!) this year through CHI, but I am pushing hard for a mix of straw bale and stick for the 2009 build-out...
If there is any interest in the Four Corners area for straw bale construction or low income housing help, please contact me.
I've learned the most by going to several workshops here;
Here is a good site with all kinds of information from all over the country;
Here is a site for the 2008 Colorado Straw Bale Conference in my neck of the woods;
Edited by rainbowwarrior - Tue, 8 Apr 2008 19:09:08 UTC