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Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates (Real Goods Solar Living Book) Paperback – December 24, 2000
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"Lacinski and Bergeron are strikingly thorough and forthright in presenting what it takes to make straw bale work in the toughest of climates."--Peter Yost, Senior Editor, Environmental Building News
About the Author
Paul Lacinski is a partner in Green Space Collaborative, an environmental consulting firm offering integrated project management and innovative design services. He lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
Architect Michel Bergeron is a founding member of Quebec's legendary ecological design-build firm, Archibio. He is an author, designer, and builder. He lives in Montreal.
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Top Customer Reviews
The authors are experienced builders with a common sense, grounded approach. Where most of the earlier books were coming out of the desert South West, this book specifically looks at the detailing needed in the colder and wetter parts of the world.
A wonderful contribution to the growing field of natural building. I recommend this book highly.
The authors come from the enviro alternatives camp, but they aren't romantic about it. Expect some well deserved skepticism about the virtues of Nebraska style load-bearing walls in cold climates. On the other hand they leave the decision up to you. After spending 12 pages telling you why you might not want to build load bearing walls, they spend 22 more pages telling you how to do it (not to mention the countless other pages devoted to related topics).
This book covers the subject of framed straw bale walls more completely than any other thus far. This is an important addition to the literature. While the authors are driven in this direction by the realities of snow loads that are not experienced by all, those who live in wet climates, or wish to build multi-story houses will find much of use here also.
Well, it's finally here. This book is as complete in its considerations, with a lot of updated details, as the original The Straw Bale Home by Athena and Bill Steen.
However, be forwarned, the authors admit that while successful buildings have been built (the oldest is the Hay House in CT - 25 years), there are risks and no one method is foolproof.
They talk about the specific construction detailing techniques required to avoid moisture problems and offer a number of case studies that point out both successes and pitfalls.
This book is a must read for anyone considering such a undertaking - it has made me think carefully about my intentions.
I was a bit disappointed with lack of information on climates other than the cold and wet Northeast. (I'm hoping to eventually build in the hot dry San Joaquin Valley of California.) The subtitle seems to be written by an editor in an attempt to sell more copies. Unlike other construction books I've seen which weigh different weather needs across the country or the continent with descriptions and maps, this focuses on New England and Eastern Canada. This focus is fine, of course, but only if the book is initially presented as such.
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This is a good overview of straw bale construction and the extra considerations required to be successful in wet and cold climates. Read morePublished 1 month ago by web shopping junkie
Very thorough book on strawbale construction from Nebraska style to convention stick frame. It covers all the topics you need to know in order to get started with planning for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gaia
It not only speaks of the technical issues associated with building with straw bales. It presents the human connection with the houses they built. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jimbo
Great book! Helped alot. And I recieved it very fast. Standard shipping in 3 days. I'm happy.Published 18 months ago by Mike Schenk
This method of building is a consideration of mine, for a property in Arizona. I found this book to be very detailed and give a true picture of what is involved in the process. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Deni O
If you are thinking of designing or building straw-bale this is the best book of them all.Published 23 months ago by Chris Morse