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Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climatesby Paul Lacinski
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In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!"
Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most regions of North America, we've entered a new era. Even building-code officials and insurance companies now look favorably upon straw bale buildings, with their extraordinary energy efficiency and wise use of agricultural waste for construction materials.
Bergeron and Lacinski's new book is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates, where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create special stresses that builders must understand and address. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques, and present a compelling rationale for building with straw-one of nature's most resilient, available, and affordable byproducts.
For skeptics and true believers, this book will prove to be the latest word.
Book News Annotation:
This book provides the metaphorical nuts and bolts of straw bale construction for homes and other buildings. Unlike many other straw bale construction books on the market, this one looks at building design issues from the perspective of the straw bale builders and considers the particular needs of the medium. Several different techniques are discussed, focusing much information on the needs of those building in wet and/or cold environments. Many illustrations, some color, and several project profiles demonstrate the theories discussed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book provides the metaphorical nuts and bolts of straw bale construction for homes and other buildings. Unlike many other straw bale construction books on the market, this one looks at building design issues from the perspective of the straw bale builders and considers the particular needs of t
This illustrated book is the first to closely examine the specific design considerations critical to success with straw bale building in more extreme climates. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques to present a compelling rational for building with straw. 16-page color section.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 360-361) and index.
About the Author
Paul Lacinski is a partner in Green Space Collaborative, an environmental consulting firm offering integrated project management and innovative design services. He lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
Architect Michel Bergeron is a founding member of Quebec's legendary ecological design-build firm, Archibio. He is an author, designer, and builder. He lives in Montreal.
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