Would You Live in an Earthquake-Resistant Home Made From Straw and Hemp?

You might not think that a straw house could be better insulated than one made of, say, brick, but that's exactly what researchers at the University of Bath in the U.K. intend to prove with the BaleHaus, a home constructed from straw bale and hemp cladding panels. The home, which has been in the works since 2007, theoretically won't need any conventional heating elements because of the high insulating properties of straw.

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