Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Straw Bale Shelter Video

Thanks to the generosity of Matts Myhrman and Judy Knox, their Straw Bales for Shelter video is now available on the Geiger Research Institute website as a low-cost ($10) download.

This 10-minute how-to video shows the step-by-step process of constructing emergency straw bale shelters. Working unrehearsed with volunteers, Matts Myhrman demonstrates just how fast and easy it is to build emergency shelters out of bales.

The potential of these emergency shelters to house those in need is enormous. For example, they can provide temporary housing after natural disasters or wars, or for poverty stricken areas such as the US/Mexico border. With some additional time and effort, the shelters could be modified to become permanent straw bale homes. And unlike most other temporary shelter, straw bales create living spaces that are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

All proceeds will be used to purchase building materials for affordable housing projects.

Free, detailed Straw Bale Emergency Shelter Plans also are available on the Geiger Research Institute website.