Building with Straw: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture


  • By Gernot Minke  (Author), Mahlke Friedemann (Author)
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG; 1 edition (11 February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3764371714
  • ISBN-13: 978-3764371715
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.3 x 28.2 cm

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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, Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. It is a cheap and easy-to-use 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.