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The Straw Bale House (Real Goods independent living books)

Athena Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge, David Eisenberg

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ISBN 10: 0930031717 / ISBN 13: 9780930031718
Published by Chelsea Green Pub Co
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1994. 1st Edition. Paperback. Num Pages: 320 pages, Black and White Photos, Color Illustrations. BIC Classification: RNU; TNK; VSH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (XV) Technical / Manuals. Dimension: 253 x 202 x 21. Weight in Grams: 822. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780930031718

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Title: The Straw Bale House (Real Goods independent...

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

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Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What's more, it's fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.The Straw Bale Housedescribes the many benefits of building with straw bales:

  • super insulation, with R-values as high as R-50
  • good indoor air quality and noise reduction
  • a speedy construction process
  • construction costs as low as $10-per-square-foot
  • use of natural and abundant renewable resources
  • a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw, which creates tons of air pollutants



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Get a leg up on the first Little Pig with The Straw Bale House, your guide to inexpensive, durable, earth-friendly construction that will stand up to much more than the Big Bad Wolf. Authors Athena Swentzell Steen and Bill Steen founded the Canelo Project, which promotes innovative building; David Bainbridge is a California restoration ecologist; and David Eisenberg is an alternative-materials builder who pioneered straw bale wall testing. Between them, they have encyclopedic knowledge of their subject. The book is comprehensive, broadly covering why and how to build with straw and then focusing on the details, which are both intellectually and aesthetically delightful.

Beside being cheap, clean, and lightweight, straw also provides advantages like energy efficiency and resistance to seismic stresses. For the nervous Martha Stewart types, there are scads of black-and-white and color plates of strikingly beautiful interiors and exteriors from New Mexico to southern France. Both new and experienced builders will appreciate the clear, simple instructions and diagrams, as well as practical explanations for dealing with building codes and insurers. The Straw Bale House shows us advantages so numerous and dramatic that you'll wonder why we ever moved on to sticks and bricks. --Rob Lightner

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