Author(s): Barbara Jones
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.
'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.
Barbara Jones is one of the foremost straw-bale builders in the UK, and has been involved in building over 200 houses. Her company Amazon Nails runs workshops in straw bale training and natural building techniques.
Why Build with Straw Bales? Affordable Houses with Low Environmental Impact. Strawbale Building Techniques Explained. Bales to Build with. Bale Plans. Safety and Tools. Cement-free Foundations. Roof and Fittings. Wall Raising. Windows and Doors. Plasters and Renders - Lime. Plasters and Renders - Clay. Planning Permission. Building Regulations. Appendix 1: Humidity in strawbale walls. Appendix 2: Frequently asked questions. Appendix 3: Resources and research. Appendix 4: Construction drawings. Index.