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Building with Straw Bales: A Practical Guide for the UK and Ireland Paperback – 25 Apr 2002

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; 1st edition (25 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903998131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903998137
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 0.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Explains the principles of the system in straightforward, common-sense terms. All the essentials are covered, including design, foundations, raising and stabilising walls and how straw bale buildings can exceed Building Regulations requirements. There are also new sections on natural plasters, the effect of humidity on straw bales and an extensive resources section." * Build It * "The essential guide to straw-bale building." * Grand Designs * "A perfect balance between hard facts, sociological context, and beautiful images... Get yourself a copy of Jones' book, and buy one for a friend" -- Mark Anslow * The Ecologist * "All you want to know about in situ strawbale building construciton, 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


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. Itsbackground is grassroots self-build; 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. And because the building method is so straightforward, people without previous building experience can participate in the designand construction, making significant savings on labour costs.The author, Barbara Jones, is the most experienced straw bale builder in the UK, who has adapted North American techniques for use in our wetter climate, particularly by using coppiced wood and traditional lime and clay plasters. It gives details of all the main construction methods, and includes bale specifications walls and foundations doors and windows plastering construction drawings building regulations and planning permission.

The book also gives answers to some frequently asked questions about straw bale building.

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