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 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)

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