Fire resistant straw bale buildings and zero waste restaurants

May 2nd, 2012 by Richard Lord

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  Australia’s National Science Agency, tested the fire resistance of a building with magnesium oxide board cladding and straw bale insulation.

The building, which withstood temperatures of 1000° Celsius, was designed by Joost Bakker who said that straw is the biggest waste product on Earth.

He said that we could be using it to make paper, cardboard and even toilet paper. He said that six million hectares of forests are cut down every year to make toilet paper.

Joost’s straw bale buildings are housing restaurants in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. The Sydney restaurant is a popup cafe called The Greenhouse.

These restaurants are self-sustaining. They grow much of their own food and recycle their waste.

Commenting on his straw bale buildings, Joost Bakker said “we’ve used a product that has cost us hardly anything, a by-product from a farm, and created a place that uses very little energy.”


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