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Sustainable housing using straw bale housing, large scale.

The idea is simple, because cereals are abudant and relatively easy to grow. the left over from clearing a plot of hay or cereal is straw, bio-refuse with almost no value. But, a new form of building using these bales has been gaining popularity, mainly because it is both a structural and insulating material, so walls can be erected with a higher degree of ease then traditional building techniques. If we put incentive out for laborers to learn these new, more efficient methods, so they could in turn produce a large scale usage of something that usually only sees uses in isolated examples. things that produce straw grow almost anywhere, making the tranport, acquisition and implimentation much more economical then most other methods. thoughts?

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  • Jan 11 2012: It's extremely easy, when compared to traditional building. Think of laying brick work, the staggering pattern, that's how you lay them, with the option of reinforcing the walls by adding vertical re-bar on whatever pad you use (concrete, dirt etc.). Then, using a frame on the sides of the walls, you cover the entire surface area of the walls with tightly strung chicken wire. After that, you earth-plaster over-top the wire and straw, to make a stucco like finish. For openings, you need to reinforce the section above using angle iron or large studs. From there, you could make regular walls on the inside, or incorporate the straw again into thicker walls or support Beams, though it would likely need to be 3 units wide to allow for the stagger pattern (a fair contributor to the overall lateral strength of the wall.)

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