Straw bale construction
is a very interesting type of construction. it has been
around for hundreds of years, in fact there are straw
bale houses in the U.S. Midwest that are still in use
today. Straw bale houses are becoming more popular today
Some people believe that straw bale houses are inherently
weak and susceptible to fire. These stereotypes aren't
really true. Straw bale houses can be built strong and
are very fire-resistant. There are two types of straw
bale houses one where the straw bale is used as a structural
bearing wall, and the other where the straw bale is
used as an infill for exterior bearing walls. It is
generally much easier to get a building permit for a
non-bearing infill straw bale house than one made of
straw bale bearing walls.
Straw bale advantages
and disadvantages, here are a few of the most obvious.:
Straw bale is an excellent insulator and very fire-resistant.
bale make a unique structure that is appealing to
many especially suited to the owner builder.
bale building is an environmentally sound practice.
Straw is either burned or tilled back into the ground
if not used. It is a 100% renewable resource.
value is an unknown entity.
building permits may be difficult in some jurisdictions.
subs which specialize in straw bale may be difficult
must not be allowed into the straw bales or it will
Useful Sites: http://www.strawbuilding.org
An introduction to straw bale construction. There
are FAQ's and Technical information. The website is
useful especially for California strawbuilders.