More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and by Chris Magwood

By Chris Magwood

Straw bale homes are effortless to construct, reasonable, great strength effective, environmentally pleasant, beautiful, and will be designed to check the builder’s own house wishes, esthetics and finances. regardless of mushrooming curiosity within the approach, even though, such a lot straw bale books specialise in “selling” the dream of straw bale development, yet don’t accurately tackle the main serious matters confronted via bale condominium developers. additionally, in view that many advancements during this box are contemporary, few books are thoroughly modern with the most recent techniques.

extra Straw Bale development is designed to fill this hole. a totally rewritten version of the 20,000-copy best--selling unique, it leads the capability builder throughout the whole means of construction a bale constitution, tackling all of the sensible matters: discovering and selecting bales; constructing sound construction plans; roofing; electric, plumbing, and heating structures; development code compliance; and exact issues for developers in northern climates. New fabric includes:

more broad sections on electrical wiring and plumbing up-to-date sections on bale finishes and completing a bit on prefabricated straw bale partitions a much wider number of case reports, photos and illustrations a bit on universal errors budgeting for low-, medium- and high-cost initiatives, and new checking out information that's in no different straw bale book.

Down-to earth and entire, extra Straw Bale development makes the outstanding advantages of straw bale construction on hand within the such a lot entire and functional booklet at the topic to date.

Chris Magwood and Peter Mack are expert straw bale condominium developers and experts who've built over forty straw bale buildings and feature taught workshops and seminars in different international locations. Chris is editor of The final Straw magazine , a world quarterly dedicated to straw-bale development, and the coauthor of Straw Bale information: A handbook for Designers and developers (New Society Publishers, 2003).

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Feed the hay to your livestock! …” Straw,the dried stems of grain-bearing grasses, is harvested as a by-product of cereal grain farming. 1: The seed heads of this summer barley are what the farmer wants to harvest. Once they are removed, the stalks are baled into a great building material. With the seed head gone,the stalks are dried and baled. The most common types of straw are wheat, oats, barely, flax, and rice. All of these are commercially farmed in most parts of the world. But any kind of straw can work, including hemp, spelt, rye, and other specialty grain and seed plants.

A plastered bale wall creates what engineers call a stressed skin panel or sandwich panel, and it has impressive JOY ALLAN It’s a Sandwich, But Don’t Eat It structural capabilities. 1: The unplastered bales are capable of carrying the roof loads (left side of building), but once the plaster skin is applied, the plaster does most of the work. 31 3 2 M O R E S T R AW B A L E B U I L D I N G and plaster. Effectively, any further loading — snow,people,wind,earthquakes — will go mostly, or entirely, into the plaster skins.

Liquid breaches in the walls are THE RED FLAG QUESTIONS 35 preventable, and back-up protection can be included to provide a further safety margin. Vapor Migration through Walls Think about blowing up a balloon. During the heating season,your house is essentially the same as the balloon. When you add heat to your living space, you fill your relatively airtight house with warm, moisture-laden air. Warm air naturally carries more moisture than cold, and you also add extra moisture by breathing, cooking, bathing, etc.

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