Straw bale construction

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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Historical straw bale construction workshop - Registration is underway for a free three-day workshop that opens Friday at 120 Shelton McMurphey Blvd.
It should be to create a purposeful design and plan for the new building according to a bio-ecological straw bale construction technique based on the program of requirements, and to achieve this then.
I began researching straw bale construction because of the excellent insulating value of bales (R-33) and its local availability.
Now thoroughly caught up with the art and craft of building, Omlor decided to try her hand at straw bale construction.
Consumers, especially since the 1990s, have been looking for natural, sustainable building materials, and consequently straw bale construction has been revived.
Turek transplanted to Arkansas six years ago from the Florida Panhandle, where he had begun to develop an interest in alternative construction methods that started with straw bale construction and led to others such as earth block, adobe, cob and rammed earth.
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Straw bale construction boasts two to three times the wall thermal efficiency, much better fire safety, superb sound control, and increased comfort and security.
For example, "The recent adoption of straw bale construction may not be readily accepted by building code officials, warranty programs and the home insurance industry.