Free Presentation: Building with Straw and Mud

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Admission:  Free and open to the public

Date/Time:  July 30th, 2012, from 6pm-7:30pm

Location:  Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center at 119 Winnebago St. 


Presentation Description:

The Winneshiek Energy District is pleased to present Kyle Holzhueter: builder, consultant, researcher, and educator specializing in natural building materials such as straw bale and earthen plasters.

In response to environmental concerns such as energy consumption, resource use, and a healthy living environment, interest in straw bale building and earthen architecture continues to grow.  In this one and a half hour presentation, Kyle will discuss contemporary organic architecture from Japan around the world featuring straw and mud as building materials along with the ecological benefits of these building systems and best building practices.  


Presenter Profile: 

Kyle Holzhueter has a PhD in Bioresource Sciences form Nihon University where he researched the hygrothermal environment of straw bale walls in Japan and building practices to control moisture.  Kyle has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Luther College and an MS in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.  Apart from academia, Kyle has studied natural farming in Japan, permaculture in Australia, and organic and biodynamic farming in the USA.  Further details regarding Kyl's work can be found at his website:  

For more information please contact David Paquette at the Winneshiek Energy District at (563) 382-4207 ext 4# or email




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