Synopses & Reviews
Straw bale building is a radically different approach to construction and this book explains, in straightforward and commonsense terms, the principles of straw bale building in the UK climate. Pioneered in the United States over a hundred years ago and established in the UK in the 1990s, the technique 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.
“All you want to know about in situ straw bale building construction, explained in one easy-to-understand book.” —Tim Yates, technical director, BRE Ltd, and Peter Walker, director, BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, University of Bath
This fully revised and updated edition includes new construction drawings, standard details for best-practice design, examples of off-the-peg drawings for small buildings such as summer houses and studios, and designs for affordable houses. These designs have a carbon rating of less than zero.As a building material, straw excels in the areas of cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. Building with Straw Bales
gives details of all the main construction methods and includes:
- bale specifications
- walls and foundations
- doors and windows
- building regulations and planning permission
- frequently asked questions,li>construction drawings
About the Author
Barbara Jones is the most experienced straw bale builder in the UK. She has adapted North American techniques for use in their wetter climate, particularly by using coppiced wood and traditional lime and clay plasters. Her book, Building with Straw Bales, gives details of all the main construction methods, and includes: bale specifications, walls and foundations, doors and windows, plastering, construction drawings, building regulations, and planning permission. This book also gives answers to some frequently asked questions about straw bale building.