Thankyou – Your Enrolment has been Received

Written by The Administrator. Posted in Uncategorised

Thankyou your enrolment has been received. 
Your place for the workshop will be held for 7 days pending payment of your fee.

Your place will then be fully guaranteed on payment of your course fee.

To qualify for early-bird discount your course fee must be fully paid at least one week prior to the course date.

You will receive a course brochure by email approx. 1-2 weeks prior to the course date containing the property address and directions to the workshop.

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact Dave at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you at another great training course weekend!


Dave & the Team @

Strawtegic Concepts


Do straw bale houses burn easily?

Written by The Administrator. Posted in Uncategorised

Loose straw, burns easily, just like wood shavings. Baled straw tends to simply smoulder, like trying to burn a phone book. The key factor is how easily a fire can obtain oxygen; tight baling of the straw severely limits a free flow of oxygen. Most importantly, strawbale houses are traditionally covered with stucco.

Tests have shown time and again that stuccoed strawbale houses have a much greater resistance to fire than do conventional timber structures.  Strawbale structure fire tests have shown that stuccoed strawbale construction is able to withstand temperatures of 1800 degrees Farenheit for over one hour with no structural damage, which is sufficiently fire resistant for stuccoed strawbale to qualify as a commercial building material.

The growing list of council building departments which have approved strawbale construction is indicative that strawbale construction is not only safe, but is in fact safer than conventional timber construction.  


Straw Bale Building Workshops

Written by The Administrator. Posted in Uncategorised

We run regular straw bale building workshops to teach everyone the skills and techniques of professional straw bale building.  Dave will have you building like an expert in no time!

The best way to learn is by doing so our workshops are a mix of theory and practice, to ensure you get the most from your learning experience.  You will learn tips & tricks from an industry master as Dave teaches you everything you need to know about straw bale construction from the ground up.

Weekend Workshops

Duration: 3 days – weekends +


  • $550 per participant

Early bird discount is offered for enrolments which are paid in full at least 1 week in advance of workshop date.

See the course schedule for current workshop dates.  Or register your interest to be notified of new dates as soon as they are announced.

5-day Workshops

Duration: 5 days – Monday-Friday

Cost: TBA

Host a Workshop

If you are owner-building your own straw bale cottage, studio or dream home and would like to host a workshop to help with your build, Dave would like to hear from you.


The Designer

Written by The Administrator. Posted in Uncategorised

Sharon Ponsford is our eco-building designer and brings with her many years experience including several years in the design department of one of Perth’s largest project home companies specialising in unit developments and custom designs; designer for several kit and transportable home companies; and designer for an industrial building company.  Most recently Sharon has 6 years experience working as a freelance designer from her home studio at her tranquil bush property in the Perth Hills.  Sharon specialises in the use of straw bale and natural building materials to achieve true solar passive and environmental design.

Among other things in her spare time Sharon enjoys writing for The Owner Builder magazine and playing her piano.

Email: sharon at studiowest dot com dot au


Course Schedule

Written by The Administrator. Posted in Uncategorised

Our straw bale building workshops are run regularly on demand are enjoyed by young and old and everyone in between.

We require a minimum of 8 participants to schedule a workshop.

Schedule for 2013

Straw Bale Construction – 3-day Weekend Workshops: 

  • TBA

Maximum of 12 participants per workshop.

Enrol now to avoid disappointment – our workshops book out very quickly!

To enrol please call Dave on 0417 998 944