Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw Bale Architecture

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Straw bale and rammed earth construction are enjoying a fantastic growth spurt in the United States and abroad. When interest turns to action, however, builders can encounter resistance from mainstream construction and lending communities unfamiliar with these materials. Buildings of Earth and Straw is written by structural engineer Bruce King, and provides technical data from an engineer's perspective. Information includes: special construction requirements of earth and straw; design capabilities and limitations...

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Overview

Straw bale and rammed earth construction are enjoying a fantastic growth spurt in the United States and abroad. When interest turns to action, however, builders can encounter resistance from mainstream construction and lending communities unfamiliar with these materials. Buildings of Earth and Straw is written by structural engineer Bruce King, and provides technical data from an engineer's perspective. Information includes: special construction requirements of earth and straw; design capabilities and limitations of these materials; and most importantly, the documentation of testing that building officials often require.

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"Bruce King has produced a book that is both long overdue and quite timely. While I find most technical books to be dry, uninteresting, and difficult to read, Bruce has managed to provide technical information in an accessible and entertaining manner. Although parts of his book will admittedly require engineering training to understand, even the uninitiated builder will find a wealth of usable material here."--Bob Fowler, FAIA, PE, PBO past Chairman, International Conference of Building Officials, founding member, International Codes Council

"A revolution in environmentally friendly house construction is arriving. In this book, Bruce King explores the details and methods for building durable and safe earth and straw houses."--Sim Van der Ryn, Architect, Educator, Author of Ecological Design

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964471818
  • Publisher: Ecological Design Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/1997
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 605,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce King, P.E., is a registered structural engineer in private practice in San Rafael, California. He is the author of Design of Straw Bale Buildings: The State of the Art (2006), Making Better Concrete: Guidelines for Using Fly-Ash for Higher Quality, Eco-Friendly Structures (2005), and Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Straw Bale and Rammed Earth Architecture (1996). He is founder and director of the nonprofit Ecological Building Network (ecobuildnetwork.org) and co-founder, with his wife Sarah Weller King, of Green Building Press (greenbuildingpress.com). He lives in San Rafael, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part One: Basics
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary
Structures and Forces
Part Two: Earth
The Material
Analysis
Design and Construction Considerations
Sample Calculations
Part Three: Straw
The Material
Analysis
Design and Construction Considerations
Sample Calculations
Appendix S-1: Straw Panels
Appendix S-2: California Straw Bale Code
References
Seismic Zone Map of the United States
Unit Conversion Tables
Index

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