Home Builders and Neighbors Check Out Boise Strawbale Home Construction 

click to enlarge Mark Lung: "The neighbors can't wait to see what happens. And we want to share this with as many builders and homeowners as possible." - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Mark Lung: "The neighbors can't wait to see what happens. And we want to share this with as many builders and homeowners as possible."


It was a cool, sun-splashed morning Saturday, April 16, when dozens of curious home builders, alternative energy advocates and neighbors gathered at the single lot on the 1300 block of E. Franklin Street. That's where a unique strawbale home will soon rise.

Hundreds of bales of hay were stacked in and around what will soon be a 980-square-foot home, while some had already been placed inside what will become the back wall of the house.

"Our heating and cooling bills will be about $65 a year," said Mark Lung who has become a bit of a mini-expert on strawbale construction. With the help of a builder, he and his wife, Janice, built a strawbale home in 2009 on Boise Avenue. They have since sold that home and are now building another, this time in the East Boise neighborhood.

Lung has already played host to a group of students from the College of Western Idaho, who visited the site last week to learn more about the energy advantages of strawbale insulation. On Saturday, Lung shared the same story with a number of Boise couples who might someday build a strawbale home of their own.

"The neighbors can't wait to see what happens," Lung told Boise Weekly. "And we want to share this with as many builders and homeowners as possible."
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