Andrew Morrison, Leader in Straw Bale Construction and Alternative Home Building
Andrew Morrison, Owner and Managing Member, StrawBale.com
Andrew Morrison has always been dedicated to caring for his community and the planet. He considers efficient healthy construction to be an obvious extension of this long-held belief set. He first started researching alternative home building options back in the late ‘90’s. At the time, he was working as a geotechnical drill manager, sampling soils and bedrock conditions for new construction. This exposed Morrison to the fact that large developments produce massive amounts of waste. There was literally enough “waste” for him to build a home addition with the discarded material. This wastefulness unnerved him and so he started investigating alternative home building methods.
Morrison’s research landed him firmly in the world of straw bale construction. He founded the first of his companies in 1996. He specializes in the construction of straw bale homes; however, he always tells his clients that the straw is only part of the equation. In order to be truly healthy and “green”, they also need to consider products like zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) glues and paints, natural flooring like cork and bamboo, and whole house heat recovery ventilation systems that provide healthy indoor air quality while maintaining the majority of the heat in the home. In other words, he takes a holistic approach to building.
Morrison currently owns several companies, all of which focus on creating healthy homes and individuals through “alternative” methods. He has dedicated his professional life to the expansion of these views and hopes to one day remove the term “alternative” from these practices and replace it with “efficient” or some other term that moves these practices out from the fringes of society and into the mainstream. He teaches workshops, is the host of a video series called The Straw Bale Minute, and has authored articles and e-books on green design and construction. In addition to his work life, he also incorporates green practices into his personal life, driving a bio-diesel auto and producing most of what the family eats from his own animals. He has made minimizing his footprint on the planet a central part of his life.
Morrison is always open to meeting people interested in alternative home building. He networks with people through his websites but also teaches workshop classes all around the world. This has given him a chance to work with people in their own environments. It is his passion to learn as much as possible about alternative products so he can provide new and exciting options to his clients. By teaching people how to build healthy homes, he hopes to inspire them to invite others into the journey.
Morrison is available for personal coaching as well as planning, design and construction consulting. You may be surprised by how emotionally difficult building a house or having a contractor build one can be. Many couples end up divorced over the process. Morrison can help with the emotional support and personal growth work as well as the physical work to make sure that this doesn’t happen to people who are building their new homes together. These things are equally important to the healthy construction of your home.