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. Â - 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 yearâ€™s as well as past yearâ€™s graduate projects.
CFCC’sÂ Sustainability Technologies program is a two-year associate’s degree program designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy.