GSBN -- Global Sustainable Building Network


About GSBN
English (USA)

The Global Straw Building Network is a private discussion list (with publicly available archives) composed of representatives of regional organizations and other non-affiliated key individuals involved in the general advancement of straw-bale and other straw-use building materials and techniques. The intentionally small number of members range from highly experienced professionals to well informed laypeople.

The costs of operating the list have for many years been underwritten by The Last Straw Journal in exchange for use of the GSBN as an advisory board and technical editing arm.

Archives of the list from 1998 through the end of 2007 are available at

To see the collection of postings to the list from mid May 2008 forward, visit the GSBN Archives.

We don't have a search tool for the archives yet, so if you're looking for GSBN's discussions on a particular topic we suggest that you use your favorite search engine to perform a search on, for example, "GSBN clay plaster" or similar.

Using GSBN
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You can subscribe to the list in read-only mode, or change your existing subscription, in the sections below. You'll receive all posts to GSBN, but will not be allowed to post.

Please note that participation in this list is generally by invitation only. We don't pretend to know everyone working with straw everywhere in the world, so if you are a professional straw builder or someone who fits the description in the first paragraph above, you're welcome to put in a request to join through our list host, Bill Christensen, at Sustainable Sources or another posting member, describing your involvement in the growing straw movement of building with straw.

Subscribing to GSBN

Subscribe to GSBN by filling out the following form. You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a private list, which means that the list of members is not available to non-members.

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