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Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder’s personal space needs, esthetics and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on “selling” the dream of straw bale building, but don’t adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. Moreover, since many developments in this field are recent, few books ...

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Overview

Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder’s personal space needs, esthetics and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on “selling” the dream of straw bale building, but don’t adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. Moreover, since many developments in this field are recent, few books are completely up to date with the latest techniques.

More Straw Bale Building is designed to fill this gap. A completely rewritten edition of the 20,000-copy best--selling original, it leads the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure, tackling all the practical issues: finding and choosing bales; developing sound building plans; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance; and special concerns for builders in northern climates. New material includes:

more extensive sections on electric wiring and plumbing updated sections on bale finishes and finishing a section on prefabricated straw bale walls a wider selection of case studies, photographs and illustrations a section on common mistakes budgeting for low-, medium- and high-cost projects, and new testing data that is in no other straw bale book.

Down-to earth and complete, More Straw Bale Building makes the remarkable benefits of straw bale building available in the most comprehensive and practical book on the subject to date.

Chris Magwood and Peter Mack are professional straw bale house builders and consultants who have constructed over 40 straw bale structures and have taught workshops and seminars in several countries. Chris is editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly devoted to straw-bale building, and the coauthor of Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders (New Society Publishers, 2003).

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Chris Magwood and Peter Mack are professional straw bale builders and consultants who have constructed over 40 straw bale buildings, consulting on many more. They have taught workshops and seminars across the continent and overseas, and are authors of one of the first straw bale how-to books, Straw Bale Building (New Society, Publishers, 2000) which has sold 20,000 copies. Chris Magwood has been editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly devoted to straw-bale building, since 2001. He is also the coauthor of Straw Bale Details. Chris Magwood and Peter Mack are professional straw bale builders and consultants who have constructed over 40 straw bale buildings, consulting on many more. They have taught workshops and seminars across the continent and overseas, and are authors of one of the first straw bale how-to books, Straw Bale Building (New Society, Publishers, 2000) which has sold 20,000 copies. Chris Magwood has been editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly devoted to straw-bale building, since 2001. He is also the coauthor of Straw Bale Details.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why build with straw? 5
Ch. 2 Other natural building materials 17
Ch. 3 What are straw bales? 23
Ch. 4 The red flag questions 31
Ch. 5 The hotly debated often-distorted question of cost 45
Ch. 6 Getting focused 49
Ch. 7 Design considerations 57
Ch. 8 The many styles of bale building 65
Ch. 9 Structural design options : foundations, roofs and partition walls 83
Ch. 10 More design options : mechanical systems 103
Ch. 11 From designer to draftsperson 119
Ch. 12 Straw bale construction plans 129
Ch. 13 Building permits 141
Ch. 14 Do-it-yourself (DIY) and building professionals 151
Ch. 15 Budgeting 159
Ch. 16 Going shopping : materials 169
Ch. 17 Construction : before the bales 177
Ch. 18 Raising bale walls 185
Ch. 19 Plastering your bale walls 211
Ch. 20 Bale wall finishes 241
Ch. 21 Common mistakes 247
Ch. 22 Constructing with work parties 253
Ch. 23 Other straw bale projects 261
Ch. 24 The challenge 265
App The California building code 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Excellent introduction to strawbale construction

    A must read for anyone thinking of building with strawbales

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