Building with Straw Bales: A Practical Manual for Self-Builders and Architects (Sustainable Building)

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Straw bale building is a radically different approach to construction, and this book explains, in straightforward and commonsense terms, the principles of the technique, which was pioneered in the United States more than a hundred years ago and is now entering the mainstream. It is used by firms who see its value in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of installation, and energy efficiency. Straw has great load-bearing qualities and provides superior insulation at an affordable price. Straw bale building is accessible to many people who are normally excluded from the construction process and provides immense opportunity for creative fun, enabling them to design and build the sort of shape and space they would really like. The book covers design principles; different types of foundations; how to raise walls, stabilize them, and protect them from the weather; and how straw bale buildings can easily meet building regulation requirements. This book is for self-builders as well as for people working the construction industry and has been fully revised and expanded to include new sections on natural plasters, a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity, and an extensive resources section. Now in full color for the first time, the beautiful photographs throughout this book illustrate the techniques described and showcase the diverse possibilities of straw bale building.

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Barbara Jones has been designing and building with natural materials for 20 years and is well known internationally as a pioneer of straw bale building and designer of innovative foundations (including using recycled car tires). She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction in 2011, and a Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. She runs her own company, Straw Works, designing natural buildings of all shapes and sizes, and supporting self-builders.

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"The essential guide to straw-bale building.”  —Grand Designs

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Verlag: Green Books Apr 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0857842285 ISBN 13: 9780857842282
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Buchbeschreibung Green Books Apr 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Building with Straw Bales explains in straightforward terms the principles of straw-bale building. It covers design principles; the different types of foundations; how to raise and stabilise walls and protect them from the weather, including a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity; and how straw-bale buildings can easily meet Building Regulations requirements. Straw-bale building is now entering the mainstream - used by firms who see its value in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of installation and energy efficiency. Straw has great loadbearing qualities and provides superb insulation at an affordable price. Now in full colour for the first time, the beautiful photographs throughout this book illustrate the techniques described and show-case the diverse possibilities of straw-bale building. A book for self-builders as well as architects and construction industry professionals; straw-bale building is accessible to many people and provides immense opportunity for creative fun, enabling you to design and build the sort of shape and space you'd really like. 240 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780857842282

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