Goin' up the country!
Posted 13 January 2004 - 08:03 PM
Posted 13 January 2004 - 08:25 PM
Posted 13 January 2004 - 08:49 PM
Posted 13 January 2004 - 10:27 PM
Cool! I just wished I lived somewhere warmer so I could live in it year round. Its -7 F outside right now... Including the wind chill it feels like -20F, COLD! It would make a nice summer house.
(Message edited by roo on January 14, 2004)
Posted 13 January 2004 - 10:30 PM
Posted 14 January 2004 - 11:52 AM
Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:17 PM
straw houses aren't as good as brick.
Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:18 PM
The trick with the plaster is it has to breath. The plaster I have seen in action is clay and straw done in two coats, and a couple coats of lime over that. Breathable paints are recommended for the walls.
(Message edited by banjojo on January 14, 2004)
Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:20 PM
Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:52 PM
TO STRAW BALE BUILDING
FOR SELF-BUILDERS AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
page 5 history:
"Strawbale buildings were first constructed in the USA in the
late 1800s, when baling machines were invented. The white settlers
on the plains of Nebraska were growing grain crops in an
area without stone or timber with which to build, and whilst
waiting for timber to arrive by wagon train the following spring,
they built temporary houses out of what was, to them, a waste
material - the baled up straw-stalks of the grain crop. They
built directly with the bales as if they were giant building blocks,
where the bales themselves formed the loadbearing structure.
This is known as the Nebraskan or loadbearing style. The
settlers discovered that these bale houses kept them warm
throughout the very cold winter yet cool during the hot summer,
with the additional sound-proofing benefits of protection
from the howling winds.Their positive experience of
building and living in strawbale homes led to the building of
permanent houses, some of which are still occupied dwellings
today! This early building method flourished until about 1940,
when a combination of war and the rise in the popularity and
use of cement led to its virtual extinction.Then, in the late
1970s, Judy Knox and Matts Myrhman among other pioneers of
the strawbale revival, rediscovered some of those early houses
and set about refining the building method and passing on this
knowledge to an eager audience of environmental enthusiasts.
Through the green and permaculture movements the ideas
spread very rapidly, with most of the new buildings being this
self-build, Nebraska/loadbearing style. (see page 8 for more
details). Before long, new techniques were developed to
improve the building method and 'The Last Straw' journal was
founded in Arizona to
disseminate ideas, promote good practice, and provide a forum
within which owners and builders could network.
The first straw building in the UK was built in 1994, and today
approximately 1000 new structures are being built annually all
over the world.There are about 70 in the UK and 10 in Ireland
at the present time, some with full planning permission and
building regulation approval. Amazon Nails has been involved in
approximately 40 of these."
"Straw bales were first used to construct homes by early settlers in the sandhills of Nebraska in the late 1800s. Faced with no trees to mill and soil too sandy to use for sod homes, they turned to the abundant supply of prairie grasses and their recently invented baling machines. Many of these turn-of-the-century homes, schools and churches still stand today.
Modern straw bale construction uses the same basic principles applied by the Nebraskan pioneers, but updated to meet current building code requirements.
Straw bale homes offer insulation values of R-40 to R-45, more than double that of standard frame homes. Straw bale walls are also less expensive than wood-frame ("stud") walls. Environmentally, the use of straw bales replaces the majority of the framing lumber, manufactured insulation and plastic barriers with an annually renewable, agricultural waste product.
Straw bale homes consistently use less than one half of the heating and cooling energy required by standard frame homes."
"There are building code approved examples of both load-bearing and post and beam straw bale homes in Ontario. Many have received bank mortgages and regular home insurance. Much testing has been done on straw bale wall systems, and all tests to date show that they outperform the standard 2x6 frame wall. Fire tests show a burn time more than double that of a frame wall, and structural tests show similar advantages. The CMHC has been responsible for some of this testing, and they are generally supportive of straw bale building.
To date, most building inspectors have required either an architect's or engineer's approval of drawings for straw bale buildings before issuing permits. Reactions from building inspectors have ranged from enthusiastic support to strong skepticism and resistance. Until straw bale building becomes part of the Ontario Building Code, bale projects must be approved on a case-by-case basis."
(Message edited by banjojo on January 14, 2004)
Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:55 PM
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Posted 15 January 2004 - 12:07 PM
Do you plan on doing any farming?
Posted 15 January 2004 - 12:58 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 06:50 AM
Any way one of the affordable effincent sturdy simple and pleasing homes I have seen and heavaly researched are Geodesik Domes. Heres a few links and a pic or 2 to wet your appetite.
Structural Integrity & Flexibility...
Since Geodesic Domes are factory manufactured to exacting standards using triangular networks forming hexagons and pentagons, this method provides for a free-span, self-supporting structure requiring no internal supports, such as roof load-bearing partion wall. This allows for maximum flexibility of roof floor design, utilizing or interior space, and future expansion. Domes are stronger and safer homes , and have proven to withstand tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes far better than ordinary, conventional box homes. All the space you pay for is usable, providing complete flexibility for placement of interior partitions, fixtures, and furniture...100% effcient.
Domes are highly energy efficient in two ways. First, compared to a common rectilinear home of equal floor space, a dome home has` approximately 30-50% less roof and wall area exposed to the elements. This reduction in surface area results in a reduction in energy costs for heating and cooling. Second, the spherical shape of the dome facilitates natural air flow yielding more even temperatures, reducing air stratification, minimizing cold spots, and maximizing overall interior comfort.