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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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Likewise, if you're joining straw-bale construction, wood framing, or cordwood walls to cob ones, you'll need to make sure they're well attached, using rebar for instance.
A building technique born in the American Midwest, straw-bale construction has become highly popular among eco-conscious budget builders the world over.
It provides a wealth of in-depth information about a range of sustainable building techniques and issues, from energy efficiency and straw-bale construction to indoor air quality and moisture issues.
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.
When asked about the potential inclusion of straw-bale and other natural building techniques to the OBC, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs said, "there are no proposals to include straw-bale construction in the next edition of the OBC due to be released in 2006.
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.
Since the late 1970s, I have followed the evolution of solar energy and straw-bale construction, as well as other energy-efficient methods, so our plan centered around building a home that would be low-cost to build and maintain.
Building officials in many areas remain skeptical about load-bearing capabilities of straw-bale construction during earthquakes.