Come see our own Jacob Racusin present on Super Insulated Straw Bale Houses in Vermont!

Jacob will be tabling with the Vermont chapter of the US Passive House Alliance there also!!

Please come and visit the table, hang around and help reach out and educate folks on the merits of the Passive House Standard and the need going forward to build comfortable,  healthy and affordable buildings ,to the most aggressive low carbon/low energy standard in the world.

Presentations by:

  • Jacob Racusin- Super Insulated Straw Bale Houses in Vermont
  • Jeff Gephart – Eff VT code update
  • Peter Schneider -VERMOD project
  • Indigo Ruth Davis – Passive House Standard and what to do and how to do Passive House

as well as Tiny House Construction and Bucket Gardening and more !!!!

Show Dates:
Saturday April 18, 2015 – 9am – 7pm
Sunday April 19, 2015 – 9am – 4pm

NESEA Conference Building Energy 2015March 6, 2015

Ace McArleton chosen for Nesea’s Closing Forum:

100 Years of Experience

Thursday, March 05, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
The closing forum will feature 6 Pecha Kucha 20×20 presentations (20 slides, each for 20 seconds) followed by a discussion moderated by Matt Root.
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StrawCell – 3rd Generation Strawbale WallFebruary 10, 2015

First Published in Green Building Advisor Guest blog – edited by Martin Halloway

Straw-Bale Walls for Northern Climates

A ‘third generation’ straw-bale technique combines a straw-bale interior wall with an exterior stud wall insulated with cellulose

Posted on Nov 17 2014 by ben graham
  An exterior stud wall provides room for more insulation.
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Ennis Hill Strawcell #4 12/16/13December 16, 2013

I have included lots of pictures here to fill in some of the gaps from previous posts.  Starting from the bottom, we can see the Roxul toe up insulation that connects the bale walls to the subslab insulation. Notice the wood edge to the slab which was the form for the slab and will be a nailer for baseboard. … Read more »

Sign up for Natural Design/Build Course at Yestermorrow!December 12, 2013

We have a few spots available in our upcoming Natural Design/Build course at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT starting in early January. This two-week course is a terrific way to gain a foundation in sustainable design and construction, interweaving classroom instruction, hands-on construction, and an active design practicum into a truly integrative design-build curriculum.
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Ennis Hill Strawcell #3 12/8/13December 8, 2013

We have begun to stack bales!  We have had two days of install where we have gotten a small wall section up.  Everything seems to be working according to plan including the lath and cutting the strings.  I will now begin to detail the process up to now.… Read more »

Passivhaus in 14,000 HDD ClimateNovember 1, 2013

For those who wonder what a passivhaus looks like in the Arctic, check out this article.  This house is designed to run on solar for 9 months of the year with no fossil fuel backup.  480 sf of solar hot water and 5000 gals of thermal mass balance the passive solar elements including R20-40 ext.… Read more »

Ennis Hill Strawcell Post #2 10/4/13October 4, 2013

Here is a photo of the floor condition on which our bales will be stacked.  You can see the mineral wool that gets the bales up off the vapor barrier, the exterior 2×6 wall frame and the 1 1/2″x4 permanent slab form that will also act as a nailing anchor for the electrical chase.… Read more »

Ennis Hill Strawcell Wall System Post #1- 10/3/13October 4, 2013

Newframeworks has been working on developing a new way to install strawbales for a couple of years and is now using this blog to document a build that incorporates its current design.  This string of blogs will be posted here and numbered in sequence The design has lots of history and collaboration from others. … Read more » Review of Natural Building CompanionApril 24, 2013

Check out this terrific review of The Natural Building Companion at!
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New Frameworks YouTube Channel Now Online!April 21, 2013

Check out our new YouTube Channel!  We’ve uploaded a couple of videos: a trailer of the Natural Building Companion DVD, and a documentary of sorts on contemporary natural building.  Share and Enjoy!
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New Frameworks Winter Tour Continues in Manchester, VTJanuary 30, 2013

NFNB’s Winter Tour continues on February 21st, 2013, at 7PM at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT.  As part of the Alan Benoit Sustainability Series, Ace McArleton will present a free lecture titled “Natural Building for a Changing World.”  For more information, check out the websites listing these events: See you there!… Read more »

New Frameworks Brings Big Presence to NESEA’s BE13 ConferenceJanuary 25, 2013

New Frameworks Winter Tour takes NESEA’s BuildingEnergy13 Conference by storm!  Join us in Boston March 6-7th:
– Ace, Jacob, and Ben unveil a demonstration of our innovative new hybrid wall system on the trade show floor Wed AM and Thu PM
– Jacob joins a panel discussing Resilient Capacity Wed PM
– Ben reprises his presentation with Marc Rosenbaum on The Resilient Home Wed PM See you there!… Read more »
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