Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders

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Straw Bale Details is the perfect companion for those who are serious about building with straw. It focuses entirely on the specific design theories and practices that result in well-built, long-lasting bale structures. It extends the range of books like Straw Bale Building through large, easy-to-read architectural drawings rendered for a wide variety of building options, including load-bearing and post-and-beam designs. A range of foundation, wall, door and window, and roof-plate scenarios is presented, along ...

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Overview

Straw Bale Details is the perfect companion for those who are serious about building with straw. It focuses entirely on the specific design theories and practices that result in well-built, long-lasting bale structures. It extends the range of books like Straw Bale Building through large, easy-to-read architectural drawings rendered for a wide variety of building options, including load-bearing and post-and-beam designs. A range of foundation, wall, door and window, and roof-plate scenarios is presented, along with notes and possible modifications. Also included are the most recent testing data to help base designer and builder decisions on sound science.

Chris Magwood is coauthor of Straw Bale Building and editor of The Last Straw Journal. Chris Walker is a Toronto architect specializing in sustainable design.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865714762
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Natural Building Series Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 68
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


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

Introduction
Key Scientific Test Results 1
Key Building Code Provisions 5
Bale Basics 7
Plasters and Finishes 9
1 Foundations and Floors 11
2 Curb Rails 19
3 Walls 25
4 Openings 33
5 Top Plates 39
6 Pre-Stressing 43
7 Roofs 49
8 Wall Mounting, Electrical and Plumbing Systems 55
Bibliography 59
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