ISBN: 9780930031718 Year Added to Catalog: 1994 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: b&w illustrations and photographs, 8-page color section, appendices, index Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 320 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 0930031717 Release Date: December 1, 1994 Web Product ID: 38
Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What's more, it's fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.
The Straw Bale House describes the many benefits of building with straw bales:
super insulation, with R-values as high as R-50
good indoor air quality and noise reduction
a speedy construction process
construction costs as low as $10-per-square-foot
use of natural and abundant renewable resources
a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw,
which creates tons of air pollutants
About the Authors
David A. Bainbridge
David A. Bainbridge first worked on community design, passive solar heating and cooling, building codes, and solar rights at the innovative design firm Living Systems. He described his first water-wall solar home and the Village Homes solar subdivision in Solar House Designs in 1978. Founder of the Passive Solar Institute, and recipient of the ASES Passive Pioneer Award in 2004, Bainbridge consults on a wide range of residential and commercial projects and has completed several solar projects on his own homes. He is currently Associate Professor of Sustainable Management at the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. He lives in San ...
Athena Swentzell Steen grew up in Santa Fe and at the Santa Clara Pueblo, where she began building with natural materials at a very early age. Athena and Bill are co-founders of the Canelo Project, through which they conduct ecological design and construction workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. They live in Canelo, Arizona.
Bill Steen is a photographer and collaborative builder who is especially interested in combining building techniques with community-enhancing approaches to design. Athena and Bill are co-founders of the Canelo Project, through which they conduct ecological design and construction workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. They live in Canelo, Arizona.