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The Straw Bale House (Real Goods Independent Living Books) [Paperback]

Athena Swentzell Steen , Bill Steen , David Bainbridge , David Eisenberg
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1 Jan 1990 Real Goods Independent Living Books
Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What's more, it's fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.The Straw Bale Housedescribes the many benefits of building with straw bales: super insulation, with R-values as high as R-50 good indoor air quality and noise reduction a speedy construction process construction costs as low as $10-per-square-foot use of natural and abundant renewable resources a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw, which creates tons of air pollutants

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co (1 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930031717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930031718
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book and now I live in a SB house. 2 Mar 1999
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This book was directly responsible for our decision, two years ago, to build the straw house featured in the photo album. My wife, daughter (9mos.) and I are now living in the 3,600 sq ft home that cost @ $20/sq ft to build. That includes radient floor heat, high quality windows and a 1000 sq ft great room with a 15' high cathedral ceiling. Most of the labor was done by myself, friends and family. If you are considering building with straw, buy THE book and go to Arizona to take a workshop given by the authors. Both are well worth the money.
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The Straw Bale House is not a "how to" although it gives enough detailed info that it could be used that way. There is an excellent balance between environmental concerns, and human habitational needs. It doesn't fall into the guilt inducing that Build It With Bales does, ie that construction of human dwellings is destruction of of nature and should always be kept to the bare minimum. The straw bale House seeks to encourage non-builders to give building their own homes a reasonable try, and takes into account many possible variables such as materials availability, costs, skill level required, code requirements. Excellent book. I loved the short section on life-cycle cost comparisons between owner-built straw homes and contractor built framed homes. The author is so right when he or she says that we want that savings for our children's children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book immensely! 19 Jun 1999
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I first heard of straw bale construction about 6 years ago, and it captured my fancy immediately. However, my interest sparked many questions (i.e., how to finish interiors, roof styles, durability, moisture, etc.). This book reads very easily, with a good combination of history, how-to, and research, and answered virtually all my questions. I now have a clear picture of what is involved in building a straw bale home. A great resource and a great read!
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This is an excellent guide for people interested in living the American dream of owning a home that is affordable, virtually sound-proof, solid, very energy-efficient and relatively easily built. It is full of details and references for use in achieving that goal.
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