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Straw Bale Testing

Over the years, various test have been performed on straw bales to prove their viability as a construction material. Bruce King, PE (and CASBA Member) has gathered much of this information on his web site and includes information and reports on:

  • Proposed Code changes
  • Moisture control
  • Structural and seismic issues
  • Finishes
  • Fire resistance
  • Thermal Insulation

More detailed information is available in Bruce King's book, Design of Straw Bale Buildings: The State of the Art showing current understanding of all technical aspects of straw bale construction, including: Structure, Moisture, Fire, Insulation, and Plasters, with frequent reference to testing. (Bruce King, PE, et al) The book is now out of print, but used copies can be found online, or you can purchase the pdf download from Green Building Press here

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