05 Jan '12, 4pm

Are you familiar with straw bale construction? You haven't seen one like this. Love the port hole to show the straw!

Are you familiar with straw bale construction? You haven't seen one like this. Love the port hole to show the straw!

There are so many advantages to straw bale construction. Engineer Brian Waite lists some of them from his home in Cumbria: The UK alone produces 4 million tons of surplus straw every year – enough for 250,000 homes. Straw must have the lowest embodied energy of any building material and is probably the cheapest and most sustainable. Straw-bales have an insulation “U” value much better than required by the building regulations as well as excellent sound deadening properties which, together, give a living space an ambience that has to be experienced to be appreciated. He has designed a straw bale home that adds the additional advantage of some very clever engineering. Most strawbale buildings have straw walls and use other materials for the roof; Waite essentially eliminates the roof (or the walls, depending on your perspective) and creates a cruck frame, a modified A frame ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/engineer-mod...

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