Building with Straw: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture

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Princeton Architectural Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Architecture - 143 pages
Economical, ecological: designing and building with straw. 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, 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 frame-work 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.

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Professor Dr. Gernot Minke lectures at Kassel University, specialising in developments in the field of natural building materials. Friedemann Mahlke is an architect and lecturer at Kassel University.

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