Straw Bale Building Research

Why do straw bales make such a fantastic building material?

 

There is a growing body of research into straw bale and other natural building materials:

 

Should the Government continue to encourage the burning of straw?

Presented at CAT Symposium, November 2011 by Carol Atkinson

 

Why Build with Straw by Carol Atkinson
Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report, December 2010

 

Energy Assessment of a Straw Bale Building Carol Atkinson
MSc Thesis, January 2008

 

Buildwell 2010 - Innovative materials for a greener planet

January 27-30 Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, San Francisco Report by Carol Atkinson

 

Humidity in straw bale walls and its effect on the decomposition of straw

Jakub Wihan, MSc Thesis, July 2007

 

The social and legislative barriers to the uptake of construction products derived from agricultural materials

Carol Ann Long, MSc Thesis, January 2008

 

Totnes Eco House

Interaction between design and in-situ monitoring. Carfrae, Wilde, Goodhew, Walker and Littlewood, Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference, October 2008

 

Straw Bale External Insulation as Retrofit for UK Buildings

Kevin Le Doujet, August 09

 

Home Grown Houses: The Potential for large-scale production of renewable construction materials from crops grown in the UK, and possible impacts

Peter K Allen, Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference, September 2004

 

Compression load testing straw bale walls

Peter Walker, University of Bath, May 2004

 

Building Envelope Test Report - Air and Thermal - Nevada

by Sierra Energy Professionals, October 16 2010

 

Compressive Strength Testing of Earthen Plasters for strawbale wall application

Taylor, Vardy and MacDougall, 2006

 

Detailing the Effective use of Rainscreen Cladding

Carfrae, Wilde, Littlewood, Goodhew and Walker 2009

 

An investigation of Bond Strength in Straw Bale Construction

Colin Smith July 2008

 

Effect of Mesh and Bale Orientation on the Strength of Straw Bale Walls

P.I. Colin MacDougall, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

 

Thermal performance of Straw Bale Wall Systems

Nehemiah Stone, Ecological Building Network, October 2007 www.ecobuildnetwork.org

 

Moisture Properties of Plaster and Stucco for Straw Bale Buildings

John Straube, Ecological Building Network, October 2007 www.ecobuildnetwork.org

 

Partial Fill Cavity Walls: Have we reached the limits of the Technology?

Article by Joseph Little for Construct Ireland

 

Field investigations of the thermal performance of construction elements as built

Building Research Establishment, DETR Framework Project Report, November 2000

 

The effects of Plastered Skin Confinement on the Performance of Straw Bale Wall Systems

Wheeler, Riley and Boothby, Pennsylvania State University, 2004

 

Straw Bale Construction: Is Straw Bale Construction suitable for Self-Builders in Britain?

Robert Hilton, M.Arch 2007

 

Decay Characteristics of Different Types of Straw Used in Straw Bale Building

James Clynes, MSc Thesis, January 2009

 

English translation of Danish thermal study