From the Engineers Desk

Good Straw Tower

11.7 This straw bale research building at the University of Manitoba was designed by Kris Dick, and will be an important centre for alternative building materials testing. Design professionals face challenges from many directions. Working with alternative building materials adds new dimensions to those challenges. For me, as a structural engineer, it creates an opportunity to work with many interesting people on unique projects, to apply fundamental engineering principles to non-traditional...

Industrial and Commercial Buildings

Individual homes are not the only buildings that benefit from increased insulation value and decreased embodied energy.Vast amounts of square footage are contained in thin-walled, poorly insulated structures, and the energy wasted in heating and cooling them is likewise vast. In the past five years, numerous bale builders have endeavored to bring their knowledge from the residential experience to the commercial. Many of these projects have been well realized and have created effective solutions...