The Self Build Self Help Site Alternative Building Materials

The list below provides a selection of sites that cover the use of non-traditional building materials - well straw and thatch were traditional once, but overtaken by bricks, blocks and timber frame. But there is a resurgence in interest in straw bales and thatched roofs. This page will quickly grow to include more links.

Straw Bale Building Course A course which will be constructing the straw bale walls of an extension to an early 19th century stone quarryman’s cottage called Garreg Llwyd (Welsh for grey stone). The course is situated in a beautiful location in North West Wales close to Snowdonia and the coast. 18th & 19th August 2012.
The Straw Bale Building the use of straw bales to construct anything from a basic shed to a wonderful family home the delights of strawbale building can seriously change your life! And be a lot of fun
Straw Bale Building (USA) Gentle on your Pocket and our Natural Resources (a US site)
The National trust - creating a footprint Building the first straw bale building in Cumbria
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Work is continuing at EcoWorks with the Straw Bale building
Channel 4 Guide to Straw Bale Houses A-Z of Self Build Guides - How To Build A Straw Bale House
Country Thatching Traditional Master Thatchers, Country Wide
Thatch roof owners, Thatching Information Written by a thatcher with over 45 years experience of both thatching and living under thatch
The Guild of Straw Craftsmen an extensive online collection of information about straw craft in its many guises