Building a house out of straw might sound like something out of a nursery rhyme, but straw bale house building is a construction technique that is gaining more attention from sustainable home builders because of some distinct advantages over conventional methods.
Straw bale house construction is just one of the sustainability-related topics that will be presented by students at Cape Fear Community College’s Sustainability Technologies program later this week.
Thirteen graduating students from the program will be showcase a number of special projects dealing with energy efficiency, sustainability, and green building technology on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30a.m. - 2 p.m. in the BB&T Auditorium in the McKeithan Center at CFCC’s North Campus.
This year’s event features a diverse group of projects including a the results of an investigation of the plastics recycling industry, straw bale home construction and an industrial energy audit.
The event will feature a keynote address from Suzanne Gooding, Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Wilmington. Displays will be set up focusing on technologies from this year’s as well as past year’s graduate projects.
CFCC’s Sustainability Technologies program is a two-year associate’s degree program designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy.