As technology has improved, so too has our ability to manufacture old-fashioned, rudimentary building materials into sustainable, viable, contemporary products.
Strawbale is a great example of a product used by 19th-century pioneers that has seen a renaissance in recent years. In straw bale fabrication, agricultural waste products are stacked, plastered, and compressed to create a thick, insulative, and fire-resistant wall material that is 100% eco-friendly.
Rammed earth is another natural process building material, dating back to the Great Wall of China, that is increasingly being used in energy-efficient homes. Rammed earth walls and flooring have among the highest thermal mass of any building material, storing solar heat and slowly releasing it into a home’s interior to keep a comfortable temperature, year-round.