Thanks for all the information on here. I learn new stuff every day thanks to you guys.
We are considering building a straw bale home and wanted to see if anyone here has done it before. I have heard of one in Palmer and there about 4 around fairbanks. ANyone know the exact location? The cold climate research center had pretty good write ups about the 4 up north. Anyone know of any others in southcentral? I have found quite a bit of info on the net, but still haven't talked to anyone who has built one. Most of the ones I see are about 500sf, but we would like to build a larger one, about 1800 sf total (including garage). It sounds like it works pretty well as long as measures are taken to keep the straw dry all the time, so it will have large overhangs and be well off the grade. Also does anyone know of a good straw source for building, needs to be less than 14% moisture content per bale?
Also wanted to know about biolet toilets. These seem to pretty cool systems, just wanted to know if they work well up here? Also, does anyone know if a well and septic is required in the Municipality of Anchorage. We are barely in the MOA and will just need a land use permit. We were considering a couple biolets and rainwater/snow collection and a water storage tank (haul if we have to) Water is about 600' down so a well is pretty spendy and the production in the area is pretty low rates. We are also on solid bedrock, so we need alternatives to septic, but they eventually fail and would rather not do a mound system, since it is only a matter of time before faillure on that system. Thanks for any info you can provide.