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Gems of Innovation: Chris Herman and Iron Straw Group's 1st Load Bearing Strawbale

In addition to being a renewable energy guru and elder statesman of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, Chris Herman is also a natural building innovator. The year 2000 he worked with the IronStraw Group in Cashmere, Washington to design and win a permit for the first load-bearing strawbale house in Chelan County. Then they built the house in 2 days with a volunteer team of at-risk youth, led by IronStraw champions Michael and Spring Thomas. Eight years later in the 2013 International Code Council adopted the first-ever appendix on straw bale construction …
Gems of Innovation:  Chris Herman and Iron Straw Group's 1st Load Bearing Strawbale

Chris Herman w IronStraw Group built first strawbale in Chelan, WA

In addition to being a renewable energy guru and elder statesman of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, Chris Herman is also a natural building innovator.   The year 2000 he worked with the IronStraw Group in Cashmere, Washington to design and win a permit for the first load-bearing strawbale house in Chelan County.  Then they built the house in 2 days with a volunteer team of at-risk youth, led by IronStraw champions Michael and Spring Thomas.  Eight years later in the 2013 International Code Council adopted the first-ever appendix on straw bale construction …  including standards for load bearing construction.  Innovators make it easier to build green. See his video story!

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