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Straw bale construction

An annually renewable agricultural waste product made of wheat, oats, barley, rye, or rice, used to build thick, super-insulated, stucco-covered walls. Straw bales are traditionally a waste product that farmers do not till under the soil, but do sell as animal bedding or landscape supply. Straw is the dry plant material or stalk left in the field after a plant has matured, been harvested for seed, and is no longer alive. Bales can be taken directly from a baling machine or recompressed for higher density. In contrast, hay bales are made from short species of livestock feed grass that are green/alive and not suitable for this application. Bales are placed over a “stem wall” to protect the straw from the ground soil, and the straw bales are stuccoed and plastered over for finishing.
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A building technique born in the American Midwest, straw-bale construction has become highly popular among eco-conscious budget builders the world over.
The straw-bale construction also eliminated the need for fiberglass or Sheetrock--both materials that require a lot of natural resources to manufacture and transport, he said.
The state building code has a prescriptive method for doing straw-bale construction that was added to the code several years ago," says Steve McGuire, plan review supervisor in the city of?
Straw-bale construction has been used primarily for new homes, schools, and wineries.
Wineries continue to be very receptive to straw-bale construction, and excellent examples now exist for both tasting rooms and production facilities around the world.
Within the past year, Red Feather's straw-bale construction program has received financial help and recognition from talk-show host Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network and a $50,000 Volvo for Life award.
A deeply emotional man, Harrison nevertheless carried on with his creative life and the completion of a longtime goal, a new hideaway home made from straw-bale construction in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.
Building officials in many areas remain skeptical about load-bearing capabilities of straw-bale construction during earthquakes.
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As the largest commercial straw-bale construction project in the United States, the Preserve is erecting seven new green buildings intended to join an elite list of buildings nationwide that already have achieved "Platinum" Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.