References To Strawbale

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Post and Beam Details

Post and beam designs must be carefully adapted for use with straw bales to ensure that the two elements integrate well. First decide where to place the framework. It can be set interior to the bale walls, buried in them, or set exterior to them. 12.11 The top plate for a load-bearing building is usually a simple affair two side rails, some blocking, and a plywood base. It will be built on the foundation prior to the bales being raised. The cavities will be filled with insulation and the box...

Garage Sales and Flea Markets

Some people enjoy making regular rounds of local flea markets and garage sales where it is often possible to find excellent new and used building supplies. At garage sales, quantities will usually be small and consist of leftovers from other people's building projects. Prices are often low, since people want to get rid of these bulky and useless items. Larger flea market vendors are usually aware of market values and don't often offer outstanding bargains for building supplies. Still, materials...

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...

Passive Solar Design

Early cave dwellers knew about it, wild and domestic animals know about it, and some cultures still practice it, but passive solar design has been neglected in modern home design. Incorporating passive solar elements into your house is easy to do, and the rewards are significant. Given the importance of the sun in all aspects of how we function in our built environments,it is really quite remarkable that paying attention to the sun's interaction with our buildings isn't part of mainstream...

Barriers

Why Build without a Vapor Barrier In conventional building practice, moisture is prevented from migrating into the wall cavity through the use of continuous plastic vapor barriers. This addresses the very real concern of air leakage in stud-framed homes, but it is unnecessary and a structural compromise with bale walls. Attaching a vapor barrier to a straw wall offers many complications. The barrier can only be attached to the top and bottom of the wall, Inspection of mold in straw bale walls...

Rounds Curves and Creativity

One of the great attractions of bale building is the potential for creating spaces that are unique. The combination of bales and plaster offers endless possibilities for form and texture. At some point in your Design Game, don't forget to include some aspects that will make your home uniquely yours. Bales can be laid sideways underneath windows to create wide bench seats buttresses can grow into the interior or outside the building, the orientation of the bales can be changed over and or around...

From the Engineers Desk

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...

Interview with Orville Thertell Licensed Electrician

Orville's list for getting an electrical permit 2. Contact the electrical safety authority. 3. Find out who the local inspector is, and get his her views on wiring a straw bale house, since he she represents the governing body for electrical work. 4. Draw up a set of plans and present them to your local inspector for feedback and approval. 5. Once you have the feedback, make any necessary changes and then install according to plan. 6. Don't forget to book any necessary inspections before...