While some straw-bale builders apply plaster directly to the straw bales, straube recommends attaching chicken wire or wire lath to the bales before plastering i want metal mesh in the plaster, even if it's only light chicken-wire, for a bunch of reasons, says straube. Today, the judd family lives in their completed homestead straw-bale house after more than four years of construction, diving deeply into the planting systems that they all love so much. About the author ben adam-smith is the owner of regen media, a uk production company that specialises in creating video and audio for the construction industry. Straw ausbale ausbale is a group of building industry professionals, researchers, owner builders, and interested people who share our knowledge and experiences.
The straw bale house, known also as the house of straw, was the concept, design and accomplishment of sarah wigglesworth and her partner jeremy till. If you would like to learn more about straw bale home construction, take a look at the dvd video and book called building with awareness: the construction of a hybrid home it is available online and in book stores. That's our goal really - to help get more straw bale homes designed and built - and in so doing improve the comfort, quality and energy efficiency of homes built here in new zealand we really have had a great time building with bales since the early 1990's. At the moment, door county is home to more straw bale structures than one might think, including at least two complete homes, two homes currently under construction, about a dozen in-home additions and studios, and a chicken coop.
Recently, an article titled, straw stuck was posted on the tyee stating, the myth of straw bale as an inferior building material is gradually changing as an increasing number of people in bc start to use natural, renewable materials to build their homes which is great to hear. Straw bale construction is a relatively sustainable construction method, with straw being a renewable material that is readily available after the edible part of grains have been harvested, their stalks are disposed of by farmers and in many areas, they are burned. A straw bale house uses straw bales as insulation or as the structural building block of the home the walls are finished with plaster this kind of construction is gaining attention as a natural building method.
Straw-bale buildings grant a high energy-efficiency thanks to the mass of straw and plaster coating that takes hours to warm up or cool down straw-bale construction is particularly developed in austria - think about the s-house - and germany. Straw (or hay) bale building is an example of adapting and reusing technology in an environmentally friendly way: one that employs some 20th century technological innovations to help meet today's more stringent building codes, while embracing the spirit of yesterday's ecologically sound technique. Straw-bale building is a practical and perhaps under utilized construction method initiated in the united states at the turn of the century, straw-bale building is showing new merit in today's marketplace.
After attending a straw bale construction workshop in franklin, helen doyle and peter folkes decided to build a straw bale home of their own strawbale building australia shared strawtec 's post. International straw bale building registry greenbuildercom, the last straw journal, the straw bale association of texas, and the development center for appropriate technology, along with a number of regional strawbale organizations, are working together to build a database of buildings constructed using straw bale. Straw bale construction is the use of compressed blocks (bales) of straw, either as fill for a wall cavity (non-load bearing) or as a structural component of a wall (load bearing) in each case, the interior and exterior sides of the bale wall are covered (by stucco, plaster, clay, or another treatment. Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home there are, however, some legitimate drawbacks and challenges that can cause many people to dismiss it completely as a building technique.
Topics include straw bale home design, straw bale building, and the use of solar energy the last straw : the international quarterly journal of straw bale and natural building planet friendly : more links and resources for building with strawbale. Welcome to strawbalecom my name is andrew morrison and welcome to my straw bale building site dedicated to anyone interested in building their own straw bale house if you are brand new to straw bale or are a straw bale construction specialist there's something for you at stra. Strawbale building, an engineers perspective in this video i talk about the pros, cons and generally my thoughts on building with straw bales.
Geiger's global straw-bale construction certification program provides high quality strawbale training via a unique program that combines hands-on experiences with research and assignments this is a distance learning program for those within reach of the internet and with an adequate knowledge of english. Straw bale village - one community pod 2 the straw bale architecture village (pod 2) is the second of seven different sustainable village models the straw bale village was chosen as the second village to be built because it demonstrates modularly expandable sustainable housing and a focus on family-based social spaces.
Before i met my husband, i had heard little of straw bale home construction to be frank, the thought of building my home entirely from straw caused me to feel strangely akin to the most ill-advised of the three little pigs surely, my husband joel had heard that story and knew that the only logical. Straw bales creates air space cavity that create airflow through the wall to allowing it to breathe walls may breathe through the top plate that is covered with tyvek, which is a breathable and water resistant material into the attic space then through the roof and soffit vents. The straw bale house will likely become the bible of straw-bale building the authors have done a superb job at providing enough basics to make the book understandable to homeowners, yet enough specifics to make it highly useful to professional designers and builders. If you have any interest in small home design, timber framing or straw bale building, give these a look for inspiration or ideas check it out: timber frame & straw bale house plans 2008 was the year of mud, but 2012 will be the year of wood and straw.