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Straw bale home gets plastered

June 27, 2011
The Advertiser-Tribune

The straw bale home, to be occupied by two St. Francis nuns, is to have no furnace or air conditioner, as it is designed to be passive solar. Plans include controls in the laundry room for solar panels and a wind turbine, the two sources of energy for the home.

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Volunteer Lisa Lucius gets her hands — and arms — a bit messy while plastering at the straw bale house being built on the grounds at St. Francis campus Saturday. The plaster is made up of sand, clay and water.



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