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Paperback – 160 pages
8.5 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 650 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718203
Pub. Date: 2016-07-01

About the Author

Chris Magwood

Chris Magwood has designed and built some of the most innovative, sustainable buildings in North America, including the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario. He is co-founder and director the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living and co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series. He has helped hundreds of people work through the process to design their own sustainable home and achieve their dreams. Chris is the author of Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction, Essential Hempcrete Construction, Straw Bale DetailsMore Straw Bale Building, and Making Better Buildings.

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Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by Chris Magwood



Prefabricated straw bale wall panels combine the performance and low environmental impact of traditional straw bale with reduced labor and more consistent results. These structural insulated panels (SIPs) are built offsite and transported to the job site, or built onsite and "tipped up" into position. Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction is a fully illustrated practical guide to this affordable, scalable method.

Going well beyond the scope of many natural building books, this indispensable manual includes a complete introduction to the use of prefabricated bale walls, packed with all the information you need to determine whether they are the right choice for your project. It covers:

  • Specifications, engineering details and building code references
  • Comprehensive step-by-step instructions and detail drawings
  • Finishing and maintenance techniques
  • Budgeting and labor estimates
  • Additional resources.

Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction is part of New Society's Sustainable Building Series. Series editors Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin have scoured the world of sustainable building to bring you the techniques and systems that deliver measureable benefits in terms of greater energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information are key to success. Get the Essentials!

Other books in the Sustainable Building Essentials Series:

Essential Hempcrete Construction

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