Building with Straw Bales: A practical manual for self-builders and architects - Sustainable Building (Paperback)
  • Building with Straw Bales: A practical manual for self-builders and architects - Sustainable Building (Paperback)

Building with Straw Bales: A practical manual for self-builders and architects - Sustainable Building (Paperback)

Paperback 240 Pages
Published: 29/05/2015
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An updated, fully revised, full-colour edition of the definitive manual on building with straw bales, described by Grand Designs as an 'essential guide'.

Straw-bale buildings are cost-effective, easy to build and highly energy efficient, enabling you to design and build beautiful, environmentally friendly buildings. Written with non-experts in mind, Barbara Jones uses her years of experience in natural building methods to guide self-builders and architects building with straw as a sustainable material for a diverse range of comfortable and environmentally friendly buildings.

Building with Straw Bales takes you through everything you need to know in an easy, accessible way. This includes design principles, the different types of foundations, how to raise and stabilise walls and protect them from the weather, including a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity and how straw bale buildings can easily meet building regulation requirements, as well as detailed information on lime and clay plaster finishes.

Now in full colour for the first time, the beautiful photographs throughout this practical guide illustrate the design and build techniques described and showcase the diverse possibilities of straw bale building. The fully revised text includes step-by-step illustrations of key techniques, and also looks at the full international context of building with straw bales.

This book is ideal for anyone looking to build more sustainably and integrate straw bales into their design.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780857842282
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 255 x 205 mm


Practical advice and guidance throughout the book, on each key aspect of straw bale construction, makes this the perfect accompaniment to inspiring and then achieving success in your own build project. - Helen Gribbon, engineer and director of Renaissance Associates Ltd

If you have an urge to build a planet-friendly house that will give you great pleasure and satisfaction both to construct and to live in, then this is the book for you. - Cliff Blundell

Barbara Jones is the UK’s most experienced straw bale builder. In this clear and practical book, she shares her years of practical wisdom and offers would-be builders, architects and planners a detailed understanding of how and why to build with straw bales. - Ben Law, woodsman, author and eco-builder

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