ASRi is pleased to announce that the Straw Bale Alternative Solutions Resource is now available online.

(Click on the image on the right to purchase and download the pdf version.)

ASRi is a non-profit society, based in Victoria, BC. founded in 2010 by a group of builders, designers, engineers and home-owners with a shared belief that the way we currently build houses is unsustainable.

Our mission is: to promote affordable, environmentally-sustainable and healthy buildings through the use of appropriate natural materials and systems (natural methods).

This will be accomplished through research, education and the development of technical guidelines and references in collaboration with local municipalities, educational institutions and the building community.

In April 2012 we were awarded $21,000 by the Vancity Credit Union and the Real Estate Foundation of BC as part of their annual Green Building grant program. This money has been used to fund the research and development of the Straw Bale 'Alternative Solutions Resource' (ASR).

We would like to express our enormous gratitude to the board of Green Building Grant committee for supporting this project.

This first edition provides the building community with a comprehensive, concise and regionally-appropriate reference when working with natural methods that are not currently addressed by the British Columbia Building Code (BCBC).

In addition to developing the straw bale ASR, the society is involved in organising and promoting educational lectures and workshops focused on raising awareness and knowledge of natural building methods.

Upcoming events are listed on our Events page.

We invite anyone with an interest in promoting and facilitating the growth of natural building to work with us in acheiving these goals.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list in order to be informed of future events and news, please send your full name and email address to

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