The Owner Builder Magazine
Serious Straw Bale
‘… solid information in a well written format… The authors are experienced builders with a common sense, grounded approach.’ ‘This is a great book and for anyone thinking of building in a damp climate a must have.’
"This is the most valuable and important book about straw-bale construction since The Straw Bale House and Build It With Bales. Dozens of frequently misunderstood and overlooked topics, details and concerns are thoroughly and accurately addressed with clarity and wit from a perspective steeped in equal parts building science and field experience. An excellent, vital addition to the thinking person's literature of strawbale."
-- Mark Piepkorn
Editor, The Last Straw:
The International Grassroots Journal of Strawbale Construction and Natural Building
"In service to the careful design and construction of straw bale buildings, Paul Lacinski and Michel Bergeron bring to bear their years of experience with bale building in cold, wet climates, focusing on the critical mix of issues related to material selection, moisture, insulation, air infiltration, indoor air quality, durability, affordability, and environmental impacts."
-- David Eisenberg
Director, Development Center for Appropriate Technology
"Serious Straw Bale follows in the finest tradition of Chelsea Green classics on natural building materials. Authors Lacinski and Bergeron are strikingly thorough and forthright in presenting what it takes to make straw bale work in the toughest of climates."
-- Peter Yost
Senior Editor, Environmental Building News
"What a great book. There are a lot of Straw Bale books out there and you should read most of them, but Serious Straw Bale (the name says it all) is a well written, understandable MUST HAVE for any Straw Bale designer, builder or owner! You are empowered with the tools and background to understand the science and climatic characteristics of Straw Bale so that you can make your own informed decisions. This refreshing and rewarding approach is not another step-by-step How-To book that tells you how to build, instead this is a book of understanding how to build. How to build Your dream under your conditions of climate, budget, materials, time and skills."
-- Jeff Oldham
Manager Real Goods Design & Consulting Group