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Contents

Note from the Authors

viii

Chapter 12:

Straw Bale Construction

Acknowledgments

ix

Plans

129

Introduction

1

Chapter 13:

Building Permits

.141

Chapter 1:

Why Build with Straw?

5

Chapter 14:

Do-It-yourself (DIY) and Building Professionals

.151

Chapter 2:

Other Natural Building Materials

17

Chapter 15:

Budgeting

.159

Chapter 3:

What Are Straw Bales?

23

Chapter 16:

Going Shopping: Materials

169

Chapter 4:

The Red Flag Questions

31

Before the Bales

177

Chapter 5:

The Hotly Debated Often-Distorted Question of Cost..

45

Chapter 18:

Raising Bale Walls

.185

Chapter 6:

Getting Focused

49

Chapter 19:

Plastering Your Bale Walls

.211

Chapter 7:

Design Considerations

57

Chapter 20:

Bale Wall Finishes

.241

Chapter 8:

The Many Styles of

Chapter 21:

Common Mistakes

.247

Bale Building

65

Chapter 22:

Constructing with

Chapter 9:

Structural Design Options:

Work Parties

.253

Foundations, Roofs and

Chapter 23:

Other Straw Bale Projects

.261

Partition Walls

83

Chapter 24:

The Challenge

.265

Chapter 10: More Design Options:

Mechanical Systems

...103

Appendix:

The California Building Code .

.269

Index

.273

Chapter 11:

From Designer to

Draftsperson

...119

About the Authors

.277

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