How To Build A Straw Bale Home

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A straw bale home is when the home is built out of bales of straw. This is commonly used when people want to use natural building materials. Straw bales are used because they are proven to have high insulation value. They also contain materials and energy needed for heating and cooling.

Since straw is renewable, easy to find, and low cost, it is a popular structural element. Builders must be careful while dealing with straw, and be sure to keep moisture levels down.

Building these straw homes is done by stacking rows of bales on foundation, with a moisture barrier between the two. Bales can be tied together, and then plastered over in order to stay in place. A lot of buildings that include straw also include it as a form of insulation.

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Many countries are turning to straw bale housing to be environmental and cost friendly.  It has also been noted that some of the straw buildings built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s are still standing today, proving the buildings have the possibility to last for a long time.

In order to take advantage of the opportunities straw bale housing offers, builders must understand the proper way to stack the bales, tie them together, and plaster. To keep the process cheap, they must know the time of year when purchasing straw is the cheapest (typically when it is being processed, not after it has been stored). Builders must keep in mind that the more labor and planning invested, the more durable it will likely be which will also increase the life of the building.

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Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw-bale_construction

http://strawbale.sustainablesources.com/

www.celebratebig.com

http://www.examiner.com/article/homes-of-straw-and-earth-from-tennessee

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