People Are Future-Proofing Their Homes With… Straw

Straw bale wall systems stand up to fire twice as long than those built with standard materials

This house was built with straw bale walls, which is more fire resistant than the construction materials used for most modern homes. Photo courtesy of Arkin Tilt Architects

In October 2017, wildfires ravaged much of North Bay, the subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area often referred to as “Wine Country.” Over a three-week period, 250 fires burned at least 245,000 acres of land, killed 44…