A practical guide for the UK and Ireland
24 Nov 2009
Straw bale building is a radically different approach to the process ofbuilding. Like all innovative ideas, it has been pioneered by thepassionate, and used experimentally by those with the vision to see itspotential.
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Straw bale building is a radically different approach to the process ofbuilding. Like all innovative ideas, it has been pioneered by thepassionate, and used experimentally by those with the vision to see itspotential. It is firmly based in that sustainable, green building’culture that has brought to the construction industry many new anduseful ideas about energy efficiency and responsibility towards theenvironment.
As a building material, straw excels in the areas of cost-effectivenessand energy efficiency. This practical guide has been written by themost experienced straw bale builder in the UK. It gives details of allthe main construction methods, and includes:
ï bale specifications
ï walls and foundations
ï doors and windows
ï building regulations and planning permission
ï frequently asked questions
ï construction drawings
This fully revised and updated edition includes new constructiondrawings, standard details for best practice design, examples ofoff-the-peg drawings for small buildings such as summer-houses andstudios, and designs for affordable houses. These designs meet BuildingRegulations Code 6 for sustainable homes, and have a carbon rating ofless than zero.
The Author: Barbara Jones is one of the foremost straw-bale builders inthe UK, and has been involved in building over 200 houses. Her companyAmazon Nails runs workshops in straw bale training and natural buildingtechniques.
Available from Green Books
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