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Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction Paperback – April 30, 2019

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"Straw Bale Building Details is an incredibly comprehensive explanation of how and why so many of us are utilizing this housing typology. I'm grateful to the authors of this book for coming together to publish the answers to our straw bale FAQs, and I am indebted to them for creating a text I plan to share with young, emerging professionals as well as experienced conventional builders. Sharing the details will surely lead to the growth of our industry."
― Emily Niehaus, founder, Community Rebuilds

"This is the book I have been waiting for ― the complete guide to straw bale construction. A remarkable group effort to bring lessons learned from architects, builders owner-builders together in one volume. Detailed illustrations and photos clearly show how it is done, and it's also excellent for working with building inspectors, banks, and insurance companies. For a more fire resistant, comfortable and efficient home ― read this book."
― David Bainbridge, sustainability consultant, co-author, The Straw Bale House

"Get this book, read it immediately. Co-created by some of the greatest ecoarchitects and builders who have ever lived, it is highly readable, comprehensive, and absolutely relevant to the immense challenges of our time. More, it will inspire every reader to see how we can engage small and large issues through the power of design, beauty, and inspired action."
― Mark Lakeman, founder, communitecture, architecture and planning; and cofounder, City Repair and the Village Building Convergence

"Straw Bale Building Details is a must-have for anyone interested in building with bales. A collaboration of many experts, the book provides multiple options for building a high quality, long lasting straw bale structure with enough flexibility in design practice to allow for differing approaches to that same end. Whether you're a professional or owner-builder, Straw Bale Building Details will prove invaluable in the development of your dream straw bale home."
― Andrew Morrison; Straw Bale Mentor/Consultant, StrawBale.com

"To anyone contemplating building with bales: Start here! CASBA's Straw Bale Building Details is an unparalleled resource, representing decades of cumulative wisdom from dozens of top architects, engineers and contractors. Much more than the title suggests, included are structural options and finishing details for varying climates, plus instruction on stacking bales, plastering walls, and even to how to hang up a picture. Attractive photos and illustrations offer inspiring aesthetic possibilities. Thank you, CASBA."
― Catherine Wanek, author/photographer, The New Strawbale Home and The Hybrid House; former editor, The Last Straw Journal; and co-editor, The Art of Natural Building

"Years in the making and greatly anticipated, Straw Bale Building Details, was well worth the wait. The details are extensive, thoroughly and carefully described, illustrated, and explained―a tour de force. But what makes this book enormously more useful and beneficial is that those details are placed into their appropriate context, shifting wherever needed from the details to the bigger picture. This is a masterwork that belongs in the hands of anyone designing, building, or issuing permits for straw bale buildings."
― David Eisenberg, director, Development Center for Appropriate Technology, and co-author, The Straw Bale House

Book Description

The devil is in the details—the science and art of designing and building durable, efficient, straw bale buildings

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  • Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0865719039
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0865719033
  • Dimensions : 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers; Illustrated edition (April 30, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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