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Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture Paperback – January 13, 1996

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Chelsea Green's The Rammed Earth House and The Straw Bale House chronicle the possibilities and realities of straw bale and rammed earth construction. Buildings of Earth and Straw fills in the gaps for professional builders, contractors, engineers, inspectors, lenders, and architectural students. It includes special construction requirements of earth and straw, design capabilities and limitations of these materials, and documentation of testing data for use in addressing the concerns of officials. This book offers the nuts and bolts of rammed earth and straw bale building techniques, and why they are so spectacular, durable, and earth-friendly.

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"Bruce King has produced a book that is both long overdue and quite timely. While I find most technical books to be dry, uninteresting, and difficult to read, Bruce has managed to provide technical information in an accessible and entertaining manner. Although parts of his book will admittedly require engineering training to understand, even the uninitiated builder will find a wealth of usable material here."--Bob Fowler, FAIA, PE, PBO past Chairman, International Conference of Building Officials, founding member, International Codes Council



"A revolution in environmentally friendly house construction is arriving. In this book, Bruce King explores the details and methods for building durable and safe earth and straw houses."--Sim Van der Ryn, Architect, Educator, Author of Ecological Design

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Ecological Design Press; 1st edition (January 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964471817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964471818
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is definitely the funniest structural engineering book I have ever read. It is also useful for the professional, intelligible to the general reader, and attractively illustrated. King includes California's straw bale code, a comprehensive wish list for further testing, and a useful list of references for both stabilized earth and straw bale. Included are equations for the engineer who is ready to start designing right now, and a glossary for the lay reader who isn't quite sure of some of the terms. A valuable book which is also enjoyable to read. This is not always true of engineering texts!
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This book educates the lay builder of "earth and straw" about the technical side of the mentioned building methods. This technical lingo is explained clearly for the person's understanding. This book bridges the gap between building inspetors and the "alternative" builder by increasing the technical knowledge of basic building structures and forces.
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This book has provided me with all the information that I do need to design my own home. As a teacher of cultural heritage management, I do have a better understand of how we can restore our historic buildings to their original state, and as well teach my students the art of designing their own homes as well.
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The only color picture is on the cover. The rest show nothing of importance and the text adds nothing to an understanding of how to actually build such a structure. It dose covers the math involved in determining the quality of a mix and the desired stress and compression requirements of rammed earth. Basically this is nothing but what one would expect from the back section of a real book on the subject. The author even refers you to other books if you want to actually learn how it done. He recommends five southern California Contractors to actually do the work. Basically the material is what one would expect free from the Government. Save your money you wont learn anything of value between the cover s of this piece of pulp.
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