Building a Home Using Straw Bale Construction

Solid, rugged, inexpensive, and twice as fire-proof as conventional lumber, straw bale construction is an idea who's time has come.



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To build with straw bales requires a good understanding of the basic characteristics of straw and how it behaves as a building material.
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Stacking the corner bales for a load-bearing building.
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Working with straw bales for construction.
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Installing a box beam roof plate on a load-bearing structure.
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Stacking bales.
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Curving a bale.
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Constructing the roof plate for a load-bearing structure.
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Straw bale mix
Earth plaster stabilizers are from natural materials such as cooked prickly pear, or manufactured ones, such as glue. Straw is critical reinforcement material in earth plaster. 
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Builders pin bale walls with rebar or bamboo.
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Poly-cord strapping attaches the roof plate to the foundation.
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The roof plate is designed to carry the vertical loads above this simple window frame.
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Bill Steen applying earth plaster wall finishing.
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