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Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, Australia, France, Ho

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Building With Straw: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture
Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. It is a cheap and easy-to-use option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber framework filled with straw.
This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are treated in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step.
30 exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw.


1. Introduction

  • Purpose and objectives of this book
  • About the contents
  • Building with straw – a contribution to sustainability in construction
  • Further advantages of straw bale building
  • Objections and anxieties

2. History and profileration of straw bale building

  • Early buildings (1880-1970)
  • The development after 1980

3. Straw as building material

  • General facts
  • Straw bales
  • Straw panels

4. Wall construction systems using straw bales

  • Introduction to the construction systems
  • Load-bearing straw bale walls
  • Non-loadbearing straw bale walls
  • Facing straw bale layer as thermal insulation
  • Structural and dynamic aspects
  • Summary and comparison of the individual systems

5. Roof and floor construction with straw bales

  • Roof insulation
  • Floor constructions
  • Supplementary thermal insulation of existing structures

6. Physical aspects of straw bale building

  • Heat storage and heat conductivity
  • Thermal bridges
  • Thermal insulation
  • Moisture protection
  • Moisture balance
  • Wind and air tightness
  • Fire protection
  • Sound insulation

7. Designing a straw bale building

  • Special aspects of load-bearing straw bale walls
  • Special aspects of non-loadbearing straw bale walls
  • Detailing of foundations
  • Base details
  • Wall build-up
  • Wall junctions with foundation, base and floor
  • Ring beams
  • Windows and doors
  • Wall corners
  • Wall/roof junctions
  • Interior walls
  • Intermediate ceilings
  • Service ducts
  • Heavy-duty fixings in straw bale walls
  • Wall recesses

8. Surface protection and finishing works

  • Interior render
  • Exterior render
  • Paint coats
  • Water-repellent treatment
  • Weather boarding, facing and ventilated cladding

9. The building process

  • Supervision and co-ordination on site
  • Health and safety measures
  • Assessment of the quality of the bales
  • Supplementary compaction of the bales
  • Transport and storage
  • Separating of bales
  • Reshaping of bales
  • Bale installation
  • Wall reinforcement
  • Wall prestressing
  • Removal of deformations
  • Backfilling of joints and gaps
  • Cropping of bale surfaces
  • Rendering of the walls

10. Trial and error – an example

  • Preliminary note
  • Scheme design
  • Construction – the first attempt
  • Solving the problems – the second attempt

11 Building cost, insurance, planning permission

  • Building cost, expenditure of time and personal contribution
  • Insurance of building
  • Planning permission

II Built examples in detail

1. Residences

  • Residential building in Ouwerkerk, Zeeland, Netherlands
  • Residential building in Balneario Punta Ballena, Uruguay
  • Residential building in central Montreal, Canada
  • Prefabricated single-family home in Hitzendorf, near Graz, Styria, Austria
  • Single-family home in Dobersdorf, Burgenland, Austria
  • Urban cottage in Berkeley, California, USA
  • Single-family home in Bryson City, North Carolina, USA
  • Singe-family home with guest house, games room and garage in Galston, near Sidney, Australia
  • Single-family home in Lower Lake, California, USA
  • Single-family home at Lake Biwa, Japan
  • The Spiral House, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Load-bearing straw bale house in Disentis, Switzerland
  • Passive house in Cavan, Ontario, Canada
  • First straw bale house in Vienna, Austria
  • Single-family home in Blanden, Belgium
  • Low-energy house in Maria Laach, Austria
  • Passive house in Wienerherberg, Austria

2. Home and workplace

  • Trout Farm Complex, Tassaraja Canyon, California, USA
  • Residential and office building in London, Great Britain
  • Ulenkrug Farm, Stubbendorf, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany
  • Residential building for ethnic German resettlers, Wargoldshausen, Lower Franconia, Germany
  • The Woodage Sawmill in Mittagong, Australia
  • Straw bale dome as a rehearsal and performance space in Forstmehren, Westerwald, Germany
  • Farm and residential building near Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Franconia, Germany
  • House of a painter near Santa Cruz, California, USA

3. Educational and cultural buildings

  • Foothills Academy College Preparatory, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Real Goods Solar Living Center, Hopland, California, USA
  • International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Lodge,
  • Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada
  • Waldorf school in Carbondale, Colorado, USA
  • Salem Childrens’ Village, Kaliningrad, Russia
  • Sanctuary House, Crestone, Colorado, USA
  • Vipassana Meditation Hall, Blackheath, Australia

III Appendices

  • Measures, Networks, Internet links, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, Illustration credits

143 pages, color ills / 22 x 28 cm/ English

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