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Building with Straw Bales: A Practical Guide for the UK and Ireland [Paperback]

Barbara Jones
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15 Nov 2009
Straw bale building is a radically different approach to the process of building. Like all innovative ideas, it has been pioneered by the passionate, and used experimentally by those with the vision to see its potential. It is firmly based in that sustainable, 'green building' culture that has brought to the construction industry many new and useful ideas about energy efficiency and responsibility towards the environment. As a building material, straw excels in the areas of cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. This practical guide has been written by the most experienced straw bale builder in the UK. It gives details of all the main construction methods, and includes: * bale specifications * plans * walls and foundations * doors and windows * plastering * building regulations and planning permission * frequently asked questions * construction drawings. This fully revised and updated edition includes new construction drawings, standard details for best practice design, examples of off-the-peg drawings for small buildings such as summer-houses and studios, and designs for affordable houses. These designs meet Building Regulations Code 6 for sustainable homes, and have a carbon rating of less than zero.

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'All you want to know about in situ strawbale building construction, explained in one easy-to-understand book' --Tim Yates, Technical Director, BRE Ltd, and Peter Walker, Director, BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, University of Bath.

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Strawbale building is a radically different approach to construction. Pioneered in the USA over a hundred years ago and established in the UK in the 1990s, the technique is now entering the mainstream - used by firms who see its value in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of installation and energy efficiency. Straw has great loadbearing qualities and provides super-insulation at an affordable price.
This book is for self-builders as well as for people working in the construction industry. Strawbale building is accessible to many people who are normally excluded from the construction process, and provides immense opportunity for creative fun, enabling you to design and build the sort of shape and space you'd really like.
Building with Straw Bales explains, in straightforward and common-sense terms, the principles of strawbale building in the UK climate. It covers design principles, the different types of foundations; how to raise walls, stabilise them and protect them from the weather; and how strawbale buildings can easily meet Building Regulations requirements. This fully revised and expanded edition includes new sections on natural plasters, a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity, and an extensive resources section.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to SB Building 18 Oct 2005
I used this book throughout my final year of university, and I still do as a design aid. It provides the perfect introduction to building with bales pointed really well towards self-builders. Crucially, it differs from other guides as being specific to the UK and Ireland and the authors expertise in building here means this is covered very well.
If you are looking for a book detailing the history and growth of SB building then this isn't it; check out the Steens excelent books perhaps. There are also books on the subject that go into more detail (Lacinski and Bergerons "Serious Straw Bale" for instance), however this book is concise and holds just the right amount of detail to get you started, especially if you are in the UK or Ireland.
Highly recomended!
Go and build it with bales!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't do without 25 Mar 2006
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This book is concise, spot on and a must for every straw house builder. All the fundamentals are covered and while other books may be ten times the size they rarely will give you really more information. What I would like to see is a bit more about statics e.g. how much can a wall, a frame, a truss or a piece of timber hold.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and concise 1 Feb 2007
Clear descriptive elements for all phases of building. A very good guide for DIY stawbale building. The book concerns construction in northern climes. Whilst it is pertinent to foundation & wall structures, a chapter exploring roof design & construction would have the icing on the cake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The straw Bale bible 29 April 2010
One negative, a few feminist references to the construction industry are not constructive. I am a Chartered Builder and the book is very good and of use to experienced and non-construction people. nobody should embark on strawbale building without this book. I heard about it from Amazonails at ECObuild a couple of years ago. a very interesting company with a very different view on building, google their website for more info.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There is always a sort of missionary ideological zeal, as one might expect... however the practicality beams through. I am an engineer, and it all made sense. I expect that I will be able to use the book to help me do it myself, but that I will need to be meticulous in my preparation, planning and buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straw Bale Bible 15 Jun 2009
This book looks at the foundations, design ideas and plans, different types of structure you can build and how to finish it off. It will not replace the need for trying it yourself, but goes a long way along this track.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Building with Straw Bales 3 Feb 2011
Building with Straw Bales is a really good book as it covers most of the subjects prospective builders of straw bale house want to know. It's inspirational and informative and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
What it's missing is a sense of how long it takes, a timetable, of the building process and some idea of costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 11 Oct 2009
An excellent book, well written and very easy to read. It gives an all-round view of building with straw.

I'm looking forward to the revised version coming out at the end of this year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book full of information
Very nearly all the information you will require to start building with straw bales. From the foundations to roof top
Published 4 months ago by christopher noel whitehouse
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a very detailed text book
This is a very good and precise text book really. My only criticism is I would have liked more pictures.both of step by step actions and of finished products. Read more
Published 6 months ago by conor browne
4.0 out of 5 stars Building with Straw Bales
Good practical guide for anyone considering building with straw, which is full of techniques and diagrams. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tooda
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks for such a book very interesting
iam entrigued with this book and I hopre to put in practice very soon the construction of a straw house Thank you
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, traditional and pretty clear
A good explanation of, I think, the orthodox principles and techniques in use in UK straw-bale building. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gatley Grappler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I have already met with Barbara during one of the courses. The book contains everything a novice should know about straw bale building but once you've read it you will want to know... Read more
Published 14 months ago by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for anyone consider a self-build.
This book differs from many of the others on the market as it is based in the UK, as opposed to the USA, so covers a lot of our materials, planning and problems that a straw-bale... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Lauren S. Homan
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
Having read the reviews I was very disappointed with the book. Being a design professional I was expecting, and hoping for, sound design advice for using this methodology,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by CADMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
If I were to build a straw bale house I would probably want this book. I looked through it after I have bought it for a friend, but it is not really a book I would have bought for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lisamay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very speedy service
A brilliant practical guide on building with straw bales, full of useful hints and very interesting and good pictures. Thank you
Published 17 months ago by R G
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