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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

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The Straw Bale House

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with David Eisenberg

Table of Contents

Contents
  Preface xiii
Introduction xxi
Chapter 1     A Brief History 3
  The International Scene 13
Chapter 2     Benefits of Straw-Bale Construction 21
  Beauty and Comfort 21
  Ease of Construction 22
  Energy Efficiency 25
  Environmental Benefits 27
  Sustainability 28
  Structural Testing 30
  Seismic Resistance 34
  Affordability 35
Chapter 3     Common Concerns 41
  Fire Safety 41
  Humidity and Moisture 44
  Termites and Pests, Allergies and Odors 46
  Building Codes 47
  Insurance and Financing 53
Chapter 4     Working with Straw Bales 55
  Baling 56
  Moisture Content 58
  Bale Characteristics 59
  Bale Storage 60
  Handling Straw Bales 60
  Modifying Bales 61
Chapter 5     Bale Walls 69
  Load-Bearing Bale Walls and Roof Plates 70
  Mortared Bale Walls 95
  In-Fill Bale Walls 96
  Hybrid Wall Systems 111
  Retrofits 113
  Multiple Stories 116
  Basements 117
  Straw-Clay Construction 118
Chapter 6     Windows and Doors 121
  In Load-Bearing Bale Walls 121
  Bale In-Fill Walls 128
  General Guidelines 128
Chapter 7     Foundations 135
  Foundation Details for Bale Structures 136
  Concrete Foundations 139
  Straw Bale Stem Walls 142
  Rubble Trench Foundations 142
  Pressure-Treated Wood Footings 145
  Stone Foundations 146
  Post or Pier Foundations 147
  Other Possibilities 147
Chapter 8     Roofs 151
  The Hip Roof 152
  The Pyramid Roof 154
  The Gable Roof 154
  The Shed Roof 155
  The Clerestory Roof 157
  Flat Roofs and Parapets 158
  The Living Roof 163
  Vaults and Domes 166
  Thatched Roofs 169
  Bamboo Trusses 170
  Metal Trusses 172
  Porches and Dormers 173
  Roof Insulation 174
Chapter 9     Floors 177
  Concrete Floors 177
  Straw Bale and Concrete Slabs 179
  Earthen Floors 182
  Brick or Tile on Sand 187
  Stone Floors 189
  Floor Heating 189
Chapter 10     Interior Elements 191
  Interior Walls 191
  Electrical and Plumbing 194
  Electromagnetic Influences 195
  Attachment Points 196
Chapter 11     Finishing Bale Walls 199
  Plastering 200
  Types of Plaster 205
  Basic Plastering Techniques 215
  Coloring the Walls 219
  Truth Windows 226
Chapter 12     Other Uses for Straw Bales 229
  Patio Walls 229
  Other Structures 233
  Agricultural and Garden Uses 238
Chapter 13     Designing the Straw Bale House 243
  The Pioneer Bale-Builder's Approach 245
  Building Guidelines 248
  Passive Solar Fundamentals 250
  Evaluating Bale Wall Options 260
  Building Shapes 269
  Roxanne Swentzell's Dream 273
  Floor Plans 274
    Appendix   281
  Resources for Straw Bale Construction 282
  Annotated Bibliography 288
  Index 292

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