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Building with Straw: Busting the biggest Strawbale myths. Posted Categories: Construction Methods.

Building with Straw: Busting the biggest Strawbale myths

Straw bale. Straw has been used as a building material for centuries for thatch roofing and also mixed with earth in cob and wattle and daub walls.

Straw bale

Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago by settlers in Nebraska, USA, shortly after the invention of baling machines. Straw is derived from grasses and is regarded as a renewable building material since its primary energy input is solar and it can be grown and harvested. Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago. Straw is the springy tubular stalk of grasses like wheat and rice that are high in tensile strength. Dom Z Gliny 1. THIS NEW GREEN HOUSE". Strawbale vs. Cob...Not the Typical "King Kong vs. Godzilla" Story. King Kong and Godzilla fought to the death.

Strawbale vs. Cob...Not the Typical "King Kong vs. Godzilla" Story

One victor. One “good guy”. They didn’t walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand at the end of the battle. Not so for strawbale and cob. There is no epic battle, no single "good guy". STRAWBALES insulate. STRAWBALES work best... ...as exterior walls anywhere you are trying to keep the inside temperature different from the exterior temperature.

I RECOMMEND: Build exterior walls with STRAWBALES if you live in a climate where a well-insulated home is more comfortable and cheaper to heat/cool. COB provides thermal mass. COB works best... ...as thermal mass built around a masonry heater or rocket stove (or near a wood burning stove), where the cob can absorb heat from the fire, and store the heat energy even after the fire is out. ...for trombe walls in passive solar design, with the cob thermal mass inside, where it is warmed by sun coming through South-facing glass. ...for any interior element when you are trying to keep the inside cool. Help us spread the word about straw bale building in Romania. [EN] Hello, my name is Grzegorz and I am an architect.

Help us spread the word about straw bale building in Romania

I come from Poland, but I currently live in Romania where I am an active proponent of straw bale building. Together with my wife Maria, and our many enthusiastic friends we are trying to spread the word about straw bale construction. [FR] Bonjour, je m’appelle Grzegorz et je suis architecte. Je suis Polonais, mais j’habite actuellement en Roumanie ou je soutiens activement la construction en ballots de paille. Avec mon épouse, Maria, et nos amis enthousiastes, nous essaions de promouvoir la construction en paille. [DE] Hallo, mein Name ist Grzegorz und ich bin Architekt. [RO] Salut, numele meu este Grzegorz și sunt architect.

[EN] Over the past three years, I attended workshops, construction fairs and straw bale builders’ gatherings. [FR] Au cours des trois dernières années, j’ai participé à des ateliers, des foires de construction et des réunions des constructeurs en ballots de paille. [EN] Help us spread the knowledge and the joy! How new straw-bale homes could help solve the housing crisis -Low impact living info, training, products & services. In an ordinary street in Bristol, UK, something extraordinary is happening.

How new straw-bale homes could help solve the housing crisis -Low impact living info, training, products & services

All of the seven houses are made with straw. Built from carbon-capturing, renewable materials of timber and straw, the homes bank more carbon than is emitted in making them. In addition, the negative-carbon homes have received crucial industry certification. Having the BM Trada’s Q mark makes them the first commercially-available straw bale homes in the UK because they are mortgageable and insurable. Modern Straw Bale Housing.

The idea of a straw bale home is one that conjures up some very old fashioned images for people across England, many of whom immediately think of thatched roofing products and the kind of residences that dotted the countryside during a much earlier period in this country’s history.

Modern Straw Bale Housing

That view itself is actually quite a bit outdated, as straw bale housing is now one of the hottest trends in sustainable development. Best of all, it doesn’t even look like the home is made out of straw. Evolution Takes Center Stage in New Straw Bale Housing Developments Straw was once the leading product for home building throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and much of Ireland. It was widely available, cheap, and durable, and it was perhaps the earliest form of sustainable building. Green, cheap and efficient straw bale dome homes :) - Energetic Forum. Hi easyrider.

Green, cheap and efficient straw bale dome homes :) - Energetic Forum

The dome structure is very solid, it now supports around 3-4 tons of weight with all the clay and straw bales. The work is rather hard and weather dependent, if it is raining, you need to cover the dome with something to prevent water damage, if it is sunny, you need to remove the rain protecting plastic or whatever so that clay can dry better.

You need to do all the inside and outside clay works before you can proceed to waterproofing the inner and outer surface. There is also always a possibility of strawbales beginning to rot and other difficulties, that is why you would need to build everything as fast as you can so that straw bales have no chance to get wet. A little wetness is nothing bad, it dries fast, but prolonged wetness can cause problems. This is a 3/8 V3 dome 1m in diameter. If you have more questions, just ask! Building A Straw Bale Home. Take a look at the picture on the right.

Building A Straw Bale Home

It looks like a cozy, Spanish-inspired home that you’d enjoy spending time in right? Down to Earth Design - online articles on natural building & sustainable design. Straw has been used in various ways as a construction material for as long as there has been agriculture.

Down to Earth Design - online articles on natural building & sustainable design

Early structures implement straw-clay combinations. The straw provided tensile strength and some insulation value, and gave clay building materials additional structural integrity. Europeans used straw lightly coated with clay slip to infill heavy timber construction. Many examples of both of these techniques survive today. Yes you can! Build with strawbales in wet climates... Small habits that make a big difference...

Yes you can! Build with strawbales in wet climates...

Cut down on cleaning products...make your own fast & effective cleaners in your kitchen! Ok, I'll admit it...when I someone first suggested this to me, I thought "that's nuts! " I figure there was no way home-made products would work well. Otherwise no one would buy cleaning products!