As Earth Day approaches, Erie Community College Architectural Technology Professor Timothy Schnaufer and nine of his students have been working with area contractor David Lanfear to build a “green” house using straw bale construction.
Straw bale construction is a green building method that uses bales of straw as structural elements, building insulation, or both.
The students built the straw bale house as an extra credit project over the course of two weeks in the autobody repair department at ECC’s South Campus.
The straw bale house will be featured at the second annual Buffalo Niagara Green Expo Saturday, April 17 at the Walden Galleria Mall.
Sponsored by New York State Senator Antoine Thompson, the Green Expo will include more than 100 exhibitors that will provide information on topics such as sustainable energy, weatherization and energy efficiency for buildings, green landscaping and gardening, holistic health, eco-friendly cleaning, composting and water purification.
David Lanfear is the owner of Bale on Bale Construction, a company that specializes in environmentally sensitive building.
For more information, visit http://buffaloniagaragreenexpo.wordpress.com/.
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