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The James River Green Building Council is pleased to welcome two local homeowners who have built dynamic, beautiful, and sustainable straw bale homes in the Charlottesville/ Albemarle county area. Straw bale has a long history with the first homes built over a century ago. These two local homeowner/builders have taken the straw bale concept into the 21st century, building residences that take into account modern ideas about building performance, codes and the Virginia climate. The panelists will address the technical, practical, and aesthetic issues they faced as both homeowners and builders.
Matthew Crane of Arterra Construction finished his straw bale home in Free Union in 2004. The passive solar straw bale house is inspired by English and Italian farmhouses and country churches, and features a beautiful hand cut timber frame from lumber harvested and milled on site, high efficiency propane fired, on-demand hot water heater for domestic hot water and in-floor radiant heating. The interior is adorned with tile handcrafted by his wife Suzanne Crane who is the owner of Mud Dauber Pottery.
Christine Muehlman Gyovai is a Principal of Dialogue and Design Associates and an Associate at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. Christine and architect-husband, Reed Muehlman, are currently living in the straw bale house that they designed and built with Sugar Hollow Builders in White Hall. The home was completed in 2007 and constructed using locally grown barley straw, earth and lime plaster on the exterior and earth plaster on the interior of the home, reclaimed redwood siding on the south wall, reclaimed beams in the interior, passive solar heating and cooling strategies, solar hot water, energy efficient appliances and windows.
This luncheon will be held at City Space, 100 5th St. NE, on the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, VA. Doors open at 11:50 and the Seminar begins at approximately 12:10 pm.
Luncheons are free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required by Friday, July 8th. Lunches are ordered based on pre-registration, so please RSVP by the deadline and cancel your registration if you can’t attend before the deadline.