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A hands-on guide

Straw Bale Construction Manual

Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture


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    Publication Date:
    To be published:
    May 2020
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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.


    28.0 x 22.0 cm
    152 pages
    190 Fig.
    Type of Publication:
    Specialist Text

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    Professor em. Dr. Gernot Minke, Kassel University

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