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More Straw Bale Building : A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw - Chris Magwood

More Straw Bale Building

A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw

Paperback Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9780865715189
Number Of Pages: 288

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Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, aesthetics and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on "selling" the dream of straw bale building, but don't adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. Moreover, since many developments in this field are recent, few books are completely up to date with the latest techniques.

More Straw Bale Building is designed to fill this gap. A completely rewritten edition of the 20,000-copy best-selling original, it leads the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure, tackling all the practical issues: finding and choosing bales; developing sound building plans; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance; and special concerns for builders in northern climates.

New material includes:

  • more extensive sections on electric wiring and plumbing
  • updated sections on bale finishes and finishing
  • a section on prefabricated straw bale walls
  • a wider selection of case studies, photographs and illustrations
  • a section on common mistakes
  • budgeting for low-, medium- and high-cost projects, and new testing data that is in no other straw bale book.
Down-to earth and complete, More Straw Bale Building makes the remarkable benefits of straw bale building available in the most comprehensive and practical book on the subject to date.

Chris Magwood and Peter Mack are professional straw bale house builders and consultants who have constructed over 40 straw bale structures and have taught workshops and seminars in several countries. Chris is editor of "The Last Straw Journal," an international quarterly devoted to straw-bale building, and the coauthor of "Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders" (New Society Publishers, 2003).

Note from the Authorsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Why Build with Straw?p. 5
Other Natural Building Materialsp. 17
What Are Straw Bales?p. 23
The Red Flag Questionsp. 31
The Hotly Debated Often-Distorted Question of Costp. 45
Getting Focusedp. 49
Design Considerationsp. 57
The Many Styles of Bale Buildingp. 65
Structural Design Options: Foundations, Roofs and Partition Wallsp. 83
More Design Options: Mechanical Systemsp. 103
From Designer to Draftspersonp. 119
Straw Bale Construction Plansp. 129
Building Permitsp. 141
Do-It-yourself (DIY) and Building Professionalsp. 151
Budgetingp. 159
Going Shopping: Materialsp. 169
Construction: Before the Balesp. 177
Raising Bale Wallsp. 185
Plastering Your Bale Wallsp. 211
Bale Wall Finishesp. 241
Common Mistakesp. 247
Constructing with Work Partiesp. 253
Other Straw Bale Projectsp. 261
The Challengep. 265
The California Building Codep. 269
Indexp. 273
About the Authorsp. 277
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ISBN: 9780865715189
ISBN-10: 0865715181
Series: Mother Earth News Wiser Living
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 25.5  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.73