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Gabions by cyu14

Typically used in retaining walls and for erosion control a gabion is definited by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a basket or cage filled with earth or rocks and used especially in building a support or abutment.”  First used along the Nile thousands of years ago by the Eygptians, the first gabions were constructed with woven reed baskets and stones. These earth ‘cages’  provided protection from flooding and erosion caused by the Nile. Commerically available gabions were introduced in the mid-nineteeth century, and except for advances in welding and cage construction, the gabion retains its rustic appearance and straightforward use. (gabionbaskets.net)

 

Although gabions are traditionally filled with gravel or rocks, the use of recycled construction materials has become a common, cost-effective and sustainable practice.  On average, gabion systems can be as inexpensive as $20/sq. ft.  Additonal information and specifications on modular gabion systems can be found at www.gabions.net.

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Straw Bale House by kdralle
August 29, 2008, 8:58 pm
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Straw Bale House

This is one example of Straw Bale construction. Since energy efficiency is going to be a major goal in my project straw bale construction is extremely relevant. Straw Bales are essentially a waste product. The material is normally burned in the fields after harvest. Benefits include super insulation, which allows the unit to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and an overall inexpensive construction process.

For more information on this specific unit you can visit this site http://www.solarhaven.org/NewStrawbale.htm.