Builders and designers engaged in the passivhaus movement are spurring a whole new generation of straw-bale construction, as the building style is evolving into a new phase, geared toward meeting rising energy standards. New Frameworks' Ben Graham has described recent developments in the techniques of straw-bale construction and the skill of builders as the third generation of the style, emerging as it spreads from the region of the midwest in which it originated to diverse climatic regions around the world.
Straw-bale construction is an unlikely byproduct of the invention of mechanical baling, which took place in the 1850s, and some of the first buildings that utilized bales of hay for insulation are still standing.
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