Linn County gets first straw-bale house


A couple in Brownsville, Oregon is building Linn County’s first straw-bale house.

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A couple in Brownsville, Oregon is building Linn County’s first straw-bale house.

[Don] Andrews, director of the nonprofit community service group Sharing Hands, and his partner, Cheryl Haworth, who retires this year from the FACT program at Greater Albany Public Schools, are building Linn County’s first straw-bale house — at least as far as they and the county building department know.

From solar to living roofs — Haworth plans one of those next — Oregon has generally been receptive to forms of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly building. The Oregon Residential Specialty Code began including straw bale construction in its permit procedures in the mid-1990s, said Richard Rogers of the state Building Codes Division.

Read more at Capital Press.

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