Building with Straw Bales: A Practical Manual for Self-Builders & Architects (Sustainable Building) by Barbara Jones

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The essential guide to straw-bale building. --Grand Designs

Explains the principles of the system in straightforward, common-sense terms. All the essentials are covered, including design, foundations, raising and stabilising walls and how straw bale buildings can exceed Building Regulations requirements. There are also new sections on natural plasters, the effect of humidity on straw bales and an extensive resources section. --Build It

All you want to know about in situ strawbale building construciton, explained in one easy-to-understand book. --Tim Yates, Technical Director, BRE Ltd, and Peter Walker, Director, BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, University of Bath

About the Author

Barbara Jones, FRSA, is well known internationally as a pioneer of strawbale building and designer of innovative foundations (including using car tyres).

She has been designing and building with natural materials for 20 years; including forming part of the Strawbale tour of the USA in 1999, organised by Judy Knox and Matts Myrhman, that brought European strawbale pioneers to the US.

Barbara has also developed a uniquely empowering method of practical training on building sites.

She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction in 2011, and a Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. Her practical skills include strawbale building, clay and lime plastering, carpentry and roofing.

Barbara runs her own company, Straw Works, designing natural buildings of all shapes and sizes, and supporting self-builders.

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