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Salix House, Oliver, B.C.

An outstanding design by award winning architect Henry Yorke Mann.Both the interior and exterior walls are plastered straw bales.

Stuart Bish photo.

Stuart Bish photo.

Stuart Bish photo.

Stuart Bish photo.


Orofino Winery, Cawston, B.C

The tasting room and production buildings share a common roof with  a breezeway and crush pad between them. 18.5’ high walls, tinted  stucco finish:

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Gulf Islands,B.C.

Interior Post and Beam infill straw bale home features large south windows for solar gain and careful attention to finishing details by owners:

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Northern Gulf Islands, B.C.

3000 sqft. Log frame post & beam home with cedar board & batten rain screen siding on two sides. This clerestory design has a full-length loft with  wide porches, is off the grid with solar panels and a small micro hydro system. Heating is with a small wood stove.





Demmitt, Alberta:

The 6,200 sqft. community hall built by the Demmitt Cultural Society.The timber frame entry bridge and the hall frame were crafted by students and instructors from the Fairview campus of the Grand Prairie Regional College. 34 volunteers helped one weekend with the bale work in September 2010.

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Wetaskiwin County, Alberta





Edmonton, Alberta-Mill Creek Flexhomes Triplex


November 18, 2009. Edmonton, Alberta:

Battle Lake Design Group received a 2009 Urban Design Award for Merit from the City of Edmonton. The award recognized the successful combination of design elements in their recently opened Mill Creek Flexhomes triplex. The building is a passive solar design, with plastered straw bale exterior and party walls, a green roof and features many locally sourced building materials.

Acius Engineering worked with the designers and Sustainable Works to develop a number of unique bale wall features to meet the city’s stringent requirements for fire, sound and moisture resistance.

The project is short listed for a national urban design award and the first apartment owner reports her first two heating bills for this winter were $21 and $31.