Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook

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"This book is a timely and important tool for the empowerment of communities facing housing deficits.The Red Feather project is extremely important; it is truly making a difference."Jane Goodall

For more than a decade the Red Feather Development Group, a volunteer-based organization, has built and repaired straw bale houses for Native Americans. Somewhere along the wayand this was certainly not the planthey created an architectural phenomenon: This inexpensive, environmentally sound, easily constructed, and ...

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Overview

"This book is a timely and important tool for the empowerment of communities facing housing deficits.The Red Feather project is extremely important; it is truly making a difference."Jane Goodall

For more than a decade the Red Feather Development Group, a volunteer-based organization, has built and repaired straw bale houses for Native Americans. Somewhere along the wayand this was certainly not the planthey created an architectural phenomenon: This inexpensive, environmentally sound, easily constructed, and downright beautiful form of building has, for good reason,caught the public's imagination. Here, Red Feather provides a step-by-step, easy-to-follow manual for would-be strawbale buildersindeed, they supply everything you'll need but time, energy, and lots and lots of straw. Informative sections on safety, design, tools, and materials, and case studies picked from over thirty-five Red Feather projects give a comprehensive overview to straw-bale building.

But this book is much more than a construction manual. It is also the inspiring story of Red Feather itself, a tale of community action and cooperation that suggests a can-do solution to the growing housing crisis on America's Native American reservations.

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Straw bale construction is economic, relatively easy, and the preferred building method of the Red Feather Development Group, whose volunteer workforce helps Native American families with much-needed housing in the western United States. This small but serious book serves as a manual for straw-bale home construction, carefully detailing the relevant methods. First-time author Corum runs through all the systems of a simple house, from foundation to roof, highlighting the special needs of this type of construction. Concise and useful, this handbook is recommended for specialized collections or where there is demand. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568985145
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Corum is community design director for Red Feather Development Group. Previously a Fulbright Scholar in North Africa, he studied design at Stanford University and has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Foundation and site work 2
Ch. 2 Roof bearing assembly 10
Ch. 3 Base plates 18
Ch. 4 Window and door bucks 26
Ch. 5 The straw bale wall 34
Ch. 6 Above the straw bale wall 50
Ch. 7 Lath 64
Ch. 8 Stucco 78
Ch. 9 Interior walls 94
Ch. 10 Finish details 100
App. A Safety 113
App. B Design drawings 117
App. C Time and labor 131
App. D Tools and materials 135
App. E Radiant floor system 141
App. F Straw bale references 147
Case studies
Red Feather projects 153
Turtle mountain : anatomy of a build 163
Red Feather Development Group 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

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    good place to start

    this is a fairly detailed overview of straw bale building that includes examples of how bale building has helped American Indians. i have a construction background and some knowledge of natural building...after reading this book i still need more info before i start stacking bales of my own. overall it's a good place to start learning the construction method.
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    p.s. this book would remove your fear of creatures in your wall(if you read it). it states the STRAW(not hay, which is for horses) is an agricultural byproduct with little to no nutritional value and animals know this.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    I used to bale hay as a kid, and one thng I KNOW about HAY,

    One thing that I can say about hay, and hay bale's, they attract snakes! If you don't mind a rattler or a copperhead sleeping, or nosing around in your hay for a mouse, or a rat, OR POSSIBLY YOU, then I wouldn't think twice about owning a house made of baled hay step right up there and build yourself a mansion with a 10 car garage. . . Hell, become a Realtor. . . Sell them to your enemies!

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    Posted December 12, 2009

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