20 Apr '12, 9am

Are straw bales the building material of the future? Mark Briggs reports #home #property #travel #architecture

Are straw bales the building material of the future? Mark Briggs reports #home #property #travel #architecture

As designers and homeowners look for imaginative ways to help reduce their carbon footprint in the campaign against climate change, straw bale could become a new tool in the building industry’s armoury. Straw, a natural by-product of farming, is collected and baled, tightly compacted, and fitted into a frame before being rendered with earthen or lime stucco. The practice was prevalent during the 1800s throughout the American prairie states but fell out of favour with people turning to bricks and mortar. Unlike hay, straw contains no nutritional value for livestock and is often sold as bedding for farm animals – or burnt. Unlike other recycled materials currently used in the building industry, such as car tyres or recycled plastics, straw bale can be used in its raw state requiring no further processing. The crops that leave the husks that are turned to straw trapped carbon...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/13272...

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