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The Straw Bale House

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 i ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published November 30th 1994)
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Logan Hippard
Very cool, something to consider heavily when building a house. The straw bale construction is energy efficient (in the 60R range vs. 20R for a well-insulated conventional house), healthy, acts as thermal mass and nearly fire-proof and uses a environmentally friendly and ecologically sound medium.
Feb 29, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know more about straw bale buildings.
Recommended to Becky by: Found it in a bookstore
This book is the best book for dreaming, brainstorming, planning & building straw bale houses. I bought this to help me get ideas. I still haven't built that straw bale, but it's planned and plotted out on graph paper. I love this book!
Elisa Berry
A great first glimpse into building a straw bale structure. I wouldn't go taking on house construction with this book alone but, it's a good idea of the possibilities. However, since I already have a house to live in, I am thinking of building a dog house with this book as a guide. Lucky pooches!
I am considering buying property, and building a straw bale home. However, I believe one should participate in a training/building seminar before attempting this.

Alternative housing sources, which reduce one's impact on the world's resources is a high priority for me.

While I'm probably never going to build a straw-bale house, this book is going into my "resources for post-apocalypse rebuilding" collection. There is good information about foundations, windows and doors, roofing options, and more that make this a keeper.
This sounds like a weird book to reccommend... but it has some really great diagrams and everything! This is great if you're designing an energy-efficient house!
Ashleigh Hebert
Extremely interesting, and very clear. I know nothing about carpentry, and this book explained straw-bale construction in such a way that I could understand.
Robert Houston
Very good book on technique, somewhat dated as far as resources but still a great reference if you are just starting
Promise Ceasar
Very informative!
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