The Geiger Institute of Sustainable Building offers online training in straw bale construction. The course which uses More Straw Bale Building, by Chris Magwood, Peter Mack and Tina Therrien and a CD-Rom containing forty issues of the Last Straw Journal includes topics such as Advantages of Straw-Bale Construction, Basic Design Considerations, Strawbale Building Types, Ideal Building Bales, Protecting the Bales, Mechanical Systems, Stacking the Bale Walls, Making Custom-Sized Bales, Attaching Things on Straw Bale Walls, Installing Doors and Windows, Building the Roof and Plastering.
Cost of the course is $250. A program leading to Straw bale construction certification is also offered.
Founder and Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building, Dr. Owen Geiger, Ph.D. in Social and Economic Development, is the former Director of Builders Without Borders and current member of the BWB Steering Committee. He is an author and engineer specializing in sustainable building. He co-authored the Builders Without Borders Straw-Bale Construction Guides and contributed to Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village.