straw bale house

straw bale house

A dwelling whose walls are constructed of bales of straw, compressed and wire-tied or string-tied into large units and built up on a concrete slab as if they were oversized bricks; they are reinforced with vertical poles that pierce the bales. When thoroughly dry, the walls are usually finished with a coat of stucco or adobe plaster to promote sanitation, fire safety, and protection against the weather; the bales provide excellent thermal insulation. Especially found in the farm regions of midwestern United States.
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THIS LOOKS LIKE THE INSIDE OF A BARN," a friend of mine exclaimed when she visited my unfinished straw bale house years ago.
She still has that sense of adventure, which is why the new straw bale house [in Tiffin] got built.
Planning fight: Jim Wallis and his straw bale house.
Jim built a straw bale house on agricultural land, having attained planning permission for an educational centre.
Logan calls it the Straw Bale House because the walls are constructed with dried straw bales, which are then covered in plaster.
In this work, a trio of professional straw bale house builders and consultants provide guidance on the design and construction of straw bale buildings, offering chapters on all the expected issues and more, including building permits, budgeting, shopping for materials, common mistakes, and constructing with work parties.
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Hemp History Museum and cultural display; Hemp Times Magazine; Hemp Fashion Show; keynote speakers; live music; a two-day educational program; panels of hemp industry leaders; the Hemp House and Straw Bale House Exhibit; and hemp and organic meals and snacks; and hemp coffee, hemp beer, hemp wine.
In fact his first such project was a straw bale house he built in nearby Alto Village, New Mexico.
Perched atop the mouth of the River Teifi, at a spot once use das a lookout point by the monks of the now ruined St Dogmaels Abbey, the UK's only load-bearing two storey straw bale house was even visited by Amazonian tribes people and Aboriginal chiefs during its lengthy construction.
My own favorite is The Straw Bale House, which is "destined to become the classic on straw bale, construction," according to one booster.
The Hemp House will be on display, as well as a Straw Bale House Exhibit and information booth on the forecourt of the Pavilion.