Design of Straw Bale Buildings
The State of the Art
This book gathers within its covers the collective wisdom and experience of the most senior and respected figures in the field of straw bale construction. The enormous environmental and energy-conserving properties of straw bale construction are now well-known, and this book is the essential reference for architects, engineers, building officials, lending institutions, and anyone else interested in building with straw bales.
If you intend to design or build with straw bales, just get this book to your design team, and they'll have everything they need. And if your building inspector needs information, this book provides answers. While there are many lovely picture books on straw bale houses, this is the book that shows how to do it right, and why.
About the Author
A registered structural engineer for 28 years, Bruce has worked on high-rise structures in San Francisco, aircraft remodels in Miami, Tahitian resorts, Buddhist monastaries in the Colorado Rockies, passive solar designs all over the world, and hundreds of houses of every shape throughout North America. He has lectured and taught ecological building practices internationally, and serves as an advisor to numerous entities, including GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. He is co-founder of Green Building Press and Ecological Building Network, and is the author of Buidings of earth and straw, Making Better Concrete, and Design of Straw Bale Buildings. He lives with his family in San Rafael, California.