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Not Wind Nor Fire Will Blow These Straw Houses Down

Developers in the U.K. have made the first commercially available straw bale houses.

Image courtesy of ModCell.

A British company called ModCell is unveiling a line of seven new prefabricated townhomes for the market—and they’re all made of straw. Your first instinct might be to make a “Three Little Pigs” reference, but these houses bear no resemblance to the flimsy structures depicted in the well-known fairy tale. These straw bale houses are not just low-cost, they’re also environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

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