Building with Straw: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture

Overview

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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783764371715
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 1,242,924
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Dr. Gernot Minke lectures at Kassel University, specialising in developments in the field of natural building materials. Friedemann Mahlke is an architect and lecturer at Kassel University.

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Table of Contents

I The technology of straw bale building
1 Introduction 9
2 History and proliferation of straw bale building 13
3 Straw as building material 19
4 Wall construction systems using straw bales 21
5 Roof and floor construction with straw bales 25
6 Physical aspects of straw bale building 28
7 Designing a straw bale building 36
8 Surface protection and finishing works 48
9 The building process 56
10 Trial and error - an example 63
11 Building cost, insurance, planning permission 71
II Built examples in detail
Residences
Home and workplace
Educational and cultural buildings
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