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straw bale

An agricultural by-product made from the stems of cereal crops, sugar cane, wheat, oats, rye, rice, barley, and others. Low cost and general availability make straw bales a highly desirable, natural green material. A post-and-beam framework is the most common non-load-bearing construction method, where the framework supports the structure and straw bales are used as infill. Straw bale is a very economical material, but it must be protected from getting wet both during and after construction. See also: Biomaterials
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From strawbale walls to interior finishing, Living Homes provides a gold mine of construction specifics for any neophyte builder.
The above quote from Alternative Wall Systems for Low-Rise Housing a Research Highlights document, Technical Series 02-132, from CMHC, is quite informative for the following construction methods: lightweight steel framing, structural insulated panels, insulated concrete forms, post and beam, concrete block, log, stackwall, strawbale, manufactured wood wall, and earth wall construction.
The students relied on strawbale construction, which the Crow people used in times past.
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Strawbale construction is generally cheaper per square foot to build, cheaper to heat or cool because of its superior insulation properties and cheaper to repair due to its lower-tech construction.
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