Straw Bale HouseIn the past, building an energy-efficient home didn’t offer a variety of options. You could add solar panels, sky lights and special appliances to make your home green, but the outside appearance was pretty standard. Thankfully, with the growing global interest in energy conservation and green options, unusual materials and architecture are becoming mainstays in the housing construction. New structure types include straw bale homes that use straw for insulation and yurts that are small, circular or octagonal in shape.

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