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- Order number: OEK10041.2
Format: PAL, Stereo
Duration: 43 Minutes
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Languages: Voice over in German, English, French or Spanish
Subtitles: CZ, ET, IT, NL, PT, SR, SK, SL
Year of Production: 2004
Director: Heidi Snel
Director of photography: Malcolm St.Julian Bown
Music: Thomas Rottenbücher, Gerd Seffner
Could it be that the house of the future was invented a century ago?In the 1890s, pioneers of the sandhills of Nebraska found themselves building a new life on a treeless prairie, and from necessity began building their homes from bales of straw. Today modern - day pioneers are choosing straw-bale construction for its many advantages. There are now bale structures in nearly all of the 50 states of the USA and in many other coutries as well. Building with straw bales is probably the only building technique developed originally in the United States and then coming to Europe.
ADVANTAGES OF BUILDING WITH STRAW
Construction costs can be reduced heavily: they are cheap to buy and easy to work with. Stacked like huge bricks, straw-bale wall systems can be erected quickly without much building experience. In a wall-raising party, it is common for all the straw bale walls in a modest-size structure to be erected in a single day.
HOW TO BUILD WITH STRAWBALES
We followed three house projects through ifferent stages of building. Strawbale arcitect Dirk Scharmer, who founded the first strawbale association in Germany, explains his latest strawbale construction in different stages. In Bavaria this 400 square metre home was built out of strawbales. In the film you can see a little tour through the finished home - quite a luxurious strawbale palace...
The German strawbale association gives information about the new way of building, and organises testing of strawbale for construction. In Juli 2003 we filmed a fire test which shows: Strawbale walls don´t burn...A strawbale wall, plastered with clay, resisted a 1000 degrees Celsius temperature for 90 minutes without any trouble!
© 2004 Ökofilm Heidi Snel