[Building with straw]

Workshops 2016
Wall Raising Weekends Announced!
October 21-23, 2016

Visit our Workshop Page!

Educators and advocates for sustainable building since 1994, The IronStraw Group became an IRS 501(c)(3) organization and active as a nonprofit in 1999.  As a compact, dynamic and effective business for environmental and social change, IronStraw has been busy! We have just returned from working nine years in New Zealand. You can click on the links above to visit all our web pages.

Our Current Project:

Ageing in Place Sustainably!
A How-To for Senior Citizens

Port Angeles, Washington: We're building a model post and beam strawbale home with solar pv grid-tie system to be an educational example for all who are interested.

March 2016 will see the beginning of a new green home built adjacent to Peabody Creek Ravine which is city owned land and is part of a greenbelt that meanders through a renewing historic city on the Salish Sea.

IronStraw Group will once again build a model strawbale house which will serve to teach a community. With a number of growing partnerships, our non-profit will educate through hands-on learning opportunities. More details about how to join in this exciting project and be in partnership with a growing community please go to our Ageing in Place Sustainably page.

As in past builds, we will bridge with local schools, Native Americans, design professionals, builders, city departments, senior citizens and the community at large as we construct a home that will answer these questions:

  • How do we build affordably?
  • How do we build green?
  • How do we build so that we are not forced to leave our homes before we want?
  • How do our buildings support us to live in them as affordably as possible?
  • How do we build a home we can live in the rest of our lives?

If you would like to be involved please contact us using the info at the bottom of the page.
We will be having LOTS of workshops so check out our workshop page.

Quick links to some of our successful past projects:



2005 Strawbale Workshops
 green dot 3,700 sq. ft. southwest adobe style
 green dot Two Story split level
 green dot Timberframe/strawbale
Photos of Workshops


2004 Strawbale Habitat for Humanity
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Ellensburg Chapter 1st Strawbale House
 green dot Designed and consulting by IronStraw
 green dot 1st strawbale permits in the City of Ellensburg
Photos of Habitat Home


2003 Omak Strawbale Farmworker Housing
 green dot
7,000 sq. ft. of strawbale duplexes
 green dot Funded by Washington Housing Trust Fund
 green dot 1st Solar Grid-Tie with Chelan PUD
 green dot Designed, built and owned by IronStraw
Photos of Omak Project

2002 1st Strawbale Public Library in U.S.
 green dot
Funded by CDBG Federal Grant
 green dot Meeting the needs of immigrant workers
 green dot Designed and built by IronStraw

Watch a construction slideshow  (uses Javascript)


Leading Workshop

habitat house

farm worker solar panels

straw bale library

Feel free to browse our entire site, using the navigation links at the top of each page. We've had lots of success, awards, and great times building energy efficient, sustainable strawbale buildings

For further information please feel free to contact Michael Thomas, Executive Director of IronStraw at the address and email below.


The IronStraw Group
510 E. 5th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
e-mail:  info@ironstraw.org

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