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Building with Straw: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture [Paperback]

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Economical, ecological: designing and building with straw.

Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable source with excellent insu lating properties. It is a cheap and easy-touse option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber framework filled with straw.

This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are treated in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step.

30 exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw.

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN  3764371714  
ISBN13  9783764371715  

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More About Gernot Minke

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Prof. Dr. Gernot Minke is a professor at UniversitAt Kassel, where he leads the Forschungslabor fA1/4r Experimentelles Bauen. He has long concerned himself with developments in ecological building, and he has dealt with the building material clay in theory and practice since 1977. His book Building with Straw was also published by BirkhAuser.

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No wolf will blow this straw bale house down  Apr 24, 2007
There are many books now available on straw bale construction, but this is the best I've seen so far, as it shows how well straw bales can be adapted to modern designs and be used in virtually any setting. Like all Birkhauser books, Building with Straw is impeccably detailed and rich in illustrations, so you will get a very good idea how this form of construction works. Examples range from the Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, California, to a farm and residential building in Franconia, Germany. So, you see that this type of construction can be adapted to almost any climactic condition, even in rainy Lithuania where small straw bale projects have been undertaken.

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