The straw-bale construction technology is enjoying something of a revival. Many Russians prefer houses made of straw even though there are fire safety concerns.

Fans of the straw bale homes say they are fast and cheap to build, and are highly energy-efficient. (TRTWorld)

A house made of straw was once a common sight across Russia. That is before giving way to bricks and concrete at the beginning of the last century. 

But as average incomes fall, many people have turned to straw homes as a more affordable and energy-efficient alternative. 

TRT World's Daria Bondarchuk visited one straw house outside Moscow.