A presentation by Thalia Kazakos-Resh, a student in the UMass Sustainable Living Class on building a home in Mexico using earth bag construction.
Straw Bale House made by Single Mom for $50,000
This is actually an extremely solid, thick house. There are thick plasters (mine has earthen, many have stucco) on either side of the straw bales and each bale weighs about 90 pounds. The walls are two feet thick. It would be far, far easier to punch a hole in a regular house wall - most of them are styrofoam and chickenwire - than to get through the wall of this house.
This is suitable for a DRY climate ............