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The owners of organic produce distribution company New Harvest Organics combined green building materials--adobe, stone, straw bale and native timbers--to create a home near Patagonia, Arizona, that works with its climate.
A house in the grasslands near Walden, Colorado, features straw bale infill walls with a post-and-beam support structure. Locally harvested and milled lumber and straw create thick, highly insulated walls to help keep out harsh winter winds.
White-cedar shingles made from sustainable managed wood line this Martha's Vineyard home.
Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley's simple cob home in Cottage Grove, Oregon, is made of a clay, sand, water and straw mixture. Building with cob allows for arched windows, curved nooks and circular rooms, giving homes a romantic, almost medieval feel.
This elegant home near Santa Fe, New Mexico, was made with stable straw bale walls, which were quick to construct and are naturally high in insulating value. The use of straw bale allowed the builders to create a curvy, spiral design.
A husband-and-wife architect team created this Charlottesville, Virginia, home using Structural Insulated Panes (SIPs). SIPs create a thermally efficient shell with excellent insulating properties, plus they reduce construction time and the amount of wood needed.