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Details on Brian Hodge

Brian Hodge first entered the domestic building industry in 1974 training as a carpenter, with primary focus on the framing or structural components of construction. He commenced his own building company in 1976 doing domestic renovations, extensions and new brick veneer and weatherboard homes. He has been operating as a private consultant to owner builders in mainstream construction for approximately 14 years. 

For the last 3-4 years he has been concentrating on the development of straw bale construction with primary emphasis on the structural factors associated with straw bale construction, such as how to support bales over large openings etc. He has written a book titled Building your straw bale home, which is to be published by CSIRO publishing in 2006. The book covers all facets of constructing a straw bale home from the foundations to the roof.

Brian has recently developed a straw bale construction system utilizing a timber floor that has received a 5 star energy rating. An achievement that many thought would not be possible. He is committed to find solutions to any problems that, in particular, owner builders might have. His primary focus is the empowering of owner builders to build their own straw bale homes whilst eliminating the addition of chemicals and high energy cost materials. In 2005 he was able to assist one of his owner builders to build a 10 square home with 2 bedrooms and 2 meter verandahs on all 4 sides for less than $25,000.
Helen & Per Bernard
Helen Bernard

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