A hands-on guide
Minke, Gernot / Mahlke, Friedemann
Building with Straw
Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture
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- Sustainable architecture is highly popular
- Documents the many and various uses of straw as a building material
- Practical, step by step presentation with structural details
Aims and Scope
Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. It is a cheap and easy-to-use option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber framework filled with straw.
This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are treated in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step.
30 exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw.