Four Reasons to Use a Light Straw Clay Wall System

Not all wall systems are created equal. Of course, all wall systems are meant to protect the interior of your home from exterior degradation—from moisture, oxygen, or even—in extreme cases—fire. But they also act as support for your home’s insulation. The more energy your walls can absorb the less money you will need to spend on energy to control your home’s temperature. Therefore, the better your wall system is, the more energy you can save. Wall systems are an oft-overlooked facet of a home’s construction, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them seriously.


We’ll even do some of the work for you! Here are four reasons to use a light straw clay (LSC) wall system.



1. Light straw clay wall systems are highly malleable. You can easily replace your current wall system with one


This might be the most compelling reason to consider a LSC wall system. Because it is not load bearing in nature, a LSC wall system can fill out the skeleton of almost any home. As our friends from Green Builder Media write, LSC wall systems work if you want to build within an existing wall system or if you want to build from scratch. They work with exterior walls and they work with interior walls—even if the exterior walls of your home are made of a different material. The LSC wall system offers so much flexibility, it’s right for almost any homeowner.



2. LSC wall systems are great for an energy-conscious urban home


The lightweight nature of an LSC wall system makes it a great candidate for property owners who want to make the most out of a small space. Because most LSC wall systems are no thicker than a foot, if you want to create a series of thin walls that still pack an insulation punch, an LSC wall system might be your answer. Space is precious in the city! Don’t waste it on a bulky wall system.



3. Installation is easy


LSC wall systems are not the only class of what are known as “natural” wall systems. But as Green Builder notes, “One of the advantages light straw clay has over cob and adobe and other natural wall systems is that it slumps and sags very little while being installed, allowing an entire wall cavity to be filled in one work session.” When it comes to major home construction, light straw clay systems are about as pain free as it gets.



4. A light straw clay wall system is not easily flammable


That’s always a good thing when it comes to the stuff your house is made of, right?






How an Energy-Efficient Home Makes You Healthier

We all know that having an energy-efficient home is good for your bottom line. (And for the environment!) Study after study has shown that better insulation, more energy-efficient light bulbs, and energy-stretching appliances save you money. But according to Code Watcher magazine, these measures—and others—have also been shown to make you healthier. Let’s explore some of the more noteworthy steps you can take to make your home an energy-saving sanctuary.



Breathe easier with an energy-efficient house


Breathe easier with an energy efficient house When we say breathe easier, we mean literally. The Code Watcher story writes that “40 percent of diagnosed asthma is associated with home exposures (e.g., moisture, temperature variations, pests), some of which can be improved through energy-efficiency activities.”


Conveniently, you can combat these health risks while you reduce wasteful energy use with energy-efficient insulation and ventilation tactics. Studies show that almost 90 percent of our lives are spent indoors, where pollutants are much less diluted than the outdoors. But if these energy-efficiency tips tell us anything, it’s that you don’t have to choose between a healthier life and a lower energy bill!



Fight cancer, heart disease, and even depression


Fight cancer heart disease even depression energy efficientWho would have thought that creating a more energy-efficient home could curb your risk of serious health consequences like heart disease and cancer? Well, according to a 2016 report published by E4TheFuture—and cited by our friends at Code Watcher—it’s true!


E4TheFuture on . . .


  • Energy efficiency and cardiovascular health: “Improvements in indoor
    temperatures and reduction of particulates from outdoor air (by filtration of outdoor air in heating systems and/or air sealing) can help to reduce conditions that can exacerbate hypertension.”
  • Energy efficiency and cancer: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 21,000 lung cancer cases per year are associated with radon exposure. Radon exposure can be minimized through ventilation and air sealing.”
  • Energy efficiency and mental health: “Mental health can be impacted by both physical environmental conditions and financial hardships due to fuel bills.”

So, what are you waiting for? Make your home more energy efficient today and start reaping the benefits. All the benefits.