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July, 2012

Fine Homebuilding Magazine chose a home designed by CASBA members David Arkin and Anni Tilt as Best New Home 2012 Summer 2012, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Straw Bale House Designed by CASBA Members Arkin Tilt Architects Wins Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s “Best New Home” of 2012
  • IBC Straw Bale Code Proposal Status: Bad News / Good News (again!)
  • Notes from CASBA Central
  • Travelling Straw Dog Award 2012
  • Website Update
  • Casa Colibri: A Straw Bale Studio
  • McGoohan Plaster Work Party
  • Summary of the Advisory Board Meeting
  • Project Profile of the Quarter: Vine Hill Road Straw-Bale Home and Caretaker Unit, Western Sonoma County, CA
  • Reader Feedback

February, 2012

Phil McGoohan happily moving bales Winter 2011/ Spring 2012, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Doing It Right: Phil’s Story, by Jim Reiland and Kathy Gregor
  • Straw Bale Code Update: Bad News / Good News, by Martin Hammer
  • Honoring Judy Knox
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Maurice Bennett
  • Plaster: An Ecological Material for Restoration & Construction, by Patrick Webb
  • CASBA Workshop Update, by CJ Cavet
  • Mud in Your Hands, by Kathy Gregor
  • Summary of the Advisory Board Meeting, by Kathy Gregor
  • International Straw Bale Conference
  • Straw Poll
  • Project Profile
  • Upcoming Natural Building Events

July, 2011

Darcey Donovan Summer 2011, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Darcey Donovan Receives 2011 Traveling Straw Dog Award
  • Notes from CASBA Central
  • 2011 CASBA Workshop Events
  • An Investigation inot Mesh Testing for Plaster Reinforcement in Straw Bale Wall Assemblies
  • CASBA Members Head to North Alaska
  • The Straw Poll
  • Project Profile of the Quarter


March, 2011

Millette/Burch Residence in Nevada City, CA Winter 2010/ Spring 2011 Journal, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Daniel Silvernail Steps Down as CASBA Newsletter Editor
  • Blower Door and Infrared Testing on a Straw Bale House
  • Builders Without Borders: CASBA Member Martin Hammer helps develop
    affordable straw bale housing in Haiti
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Maurice Bennett
  • What I Would Do Differently, by Joy Bennett
  • Bye-Bye to bb, by Lesley Christiana, Maurice Bennett, John Swearingen, Bruce King, and Jay Watts
  • The Straw Poll: If you were involved in building a straw building that used clay plaster on the exterior,
    did you paper the wooden framing members? Why or why not?
  • 2011 CASBA Workshops
    • Introduction to Straw Building
    • Advanced Earth Plaster Techniques
  • Let’s Start Some Chatter, by CJ Cavet
  • The Devil IS in the Details, Jim Reiland & Céline Pinet

September, 2010

The Girl Scouts' environmental classroom in Julian, CA Summer 2010, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Success in the Code World, by David Eisenberg
  • Summer Workshops Update: Introduction to Straw Buildilng, by C.J. Cavet
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy and Maurice Bennett
  • San Diego County: Bales About Town, by Lesley Christiana - includes a full page of color photos!
  • CASBA at EartFaire San Diego, by Rebecca Tasker
  • CASBA's Sister Organizations, by Danielle Alvarez
  • What Would I Do Differently?, by Joy Bennett

April, 2010

Roof truss Installation, Vega House. Scotts Valley, CA, Spring, 2001. photo credits: Selene and Rene Vega Spring 2010, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • CASBA 2010 Summer Workshops: “Introduction to Straw Building” Concow, Butte County, By CJ Cavet
    • Part 1: Bale Raising Workshop
    • Part 2: Window & Door Plaster Prep Workshop
    • Part 3: Plaster Workshop
  • Editor's Note, by Daniel Silvernail
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy & Maurice Bennett
  • The Mechanization of Straw Bale Building Logistical Operations, by Rebecca Tasker
  • A Designer’s Perspective on Straw Bale, by Chris Keefe
  • What Would I Do Differently, by Joy Bennett

March, 2010

Aerial View of a Straw Bale Labyrinth at Pumpkin Harvesting TimeWinter 2010, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • 2010 CASBA Workshop Plans, by CJ Cavet
  • Green California Summit and Exposition
  • Editor's Note, by Daniel Silvernail
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy & Maurice Bennett
  • CASBA Advisory Board Meeting Minutes, November 7, 2009
  • Photo: Aerial View of a Straw Bale Labyrinth at Pumpkin Harvesting Time
  • Concrete as a Green Building Material – March Presentation at USGBC, by MBB
  • What Would I Do Differently, by Joy Bennett

September, 2009

Braly Residence, Homewood, California Fall 09, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • The Braly Residence, by Cole Butler
  • Editor's Notes, by Daniel Silvernail
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy & Maurice Bennett
  • Photo Gallery: Day 4 Workshop # 109 Upper Brookfield Brisbane
  • CASBA Group Photo, Walker Ranch Conference, Spring 2009

June, 2009

Oak Lodge - North exterior view: screened porch, breezeway and meeting room. Spring 2009, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • The Year of the House—An Earth Plaster Base, by Jim Reiland
  • Editor's Note, by Daniel Silvernail
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy & Maurice Bennett
  • Traveling Straw Dog Award 2009 is awarded to Athena and Bill Steen
  • Oak Lodge—Our Lady of the Oaks, photo essay by Judy July
  • Things I Would Do Differently, by Joy Bennett
  • 2009 Summer Workshops: Introduction to Straw Building
    • Part 1: Bale Raising Workshop
    • Part 2: Earth Plaster Workshop
  • CASBA Group Photo 2009

March, 2009

Octogon structure, Suskol Intertribal Council, Napa CA Journal XIIV Volume 1, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • The Year of the House: Plaster Preparation, by Jim Reiland
  • Logo Design Contest
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy & Maurice Bennett
  • Looking to the Past to Inform the Future: Straw Bale Builders Study the Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings, by Rebecca Tasker
  • 2008 CASBA Workshop Review, by CJ Cavet
  • Octagon Workshop, by Bob Theis

December, 2008

XIII Volume 2 XIII Volume 2, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Editorial, by Daniel Silvernail
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Joy and Maurice Bennett
  • Natural Building Apprenticeship Offered for Monolithic Adobe (Cob) Project, by Misha Rauchwerger
  • What the other Two Little Pigs Didn't Know: How Rural Chinese Housing Can Influence US Food and Safety, Air Quality, and Global Climate Change, by Max Perelman
  • The year of the House: Stacking and Modifying Bales, by Jim Reiland

June, 2008

Greg McMillan and Turko Semmes with the Traveling Straw Dawg Award XIII Volume 1, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • CASBA Conference, Cambria by Kathy Gregor
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Maurice Bennett and Joy Bennett
  • Straw Bale Construction Goes to Washington, by Catherine Wanek
  • The Year of the House: Stacking And Modifying Bales, by Jim Reiland

December, 2007

Journal XII Volume 4, (pdf)

Table of Contents:

  • Straw Bale Building in Pakistan, by Martin Hammer and Darcey Donovan
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Advisory Board Minutes, October 10, 2007, by Daniel Silvernail
  • Notes from CASBA Central, by Maurice Bennett
  • California Straw Bale Building Code Update, by Martin Hammer
  • Experiment in Reaching Out, by Lesley Christiana
  • The Year of the House: Making Slip, by Jim Reiland
  • The Continued Chronicle of my Housebuilding, by C.J. Cavet
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