straw bale


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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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Caption: Laura's broccoli stalks and squash grow healthy and tall in her straw bale garden.
The festival aims to educate the public about more sustainable farming techniques, such as the use of straw bales.
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We considered various options for the construction, including straw bales and rammed earth walls," says Mark.
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In May 2008 a Government planning inspector rejected Mr Fidler's appeal, saying the removal of the straw bale camouflage constituted part of the building works.
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