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Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Rationale
Chapter 3: Material Properties and Appropriate Use
Chapter 4: Building Science Notes
Chapter 5: Material Specifications
Chapter 6: Design Options for S-SIPs
Chapter 7: Design Notes
Chapter 8: Construction Procedure
Chapter 9: Installation
Chapter 10: Tilt-up Construction
Chapter 11: Finishing Installed Walls
Chapter 12: Maintenance and Renovations
Chapter 13: Building Codes and Permits
Chapter 14: Tools
Chapter 15: Conclusion Glossary
Appendix: Engineering with Straw Bale Panels in Canada
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The essential guide to prefab straw bale panels - an innovative spin on a widely used natural building method

About the Author

Chris Magwood has designed and built some of the most innovative buildings in North America, including the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario which became a fifteen-year research project into the implementation of sustainable building materials and technologies. He is a director of the Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ontario where he teaches hands-on workshops and is a lead instructor for the Sustainable New Construction certificate program. Chris is co-editor of the Sustainable Building Series and author of several previous books on sustainable building, including Making Better Buildings, More Straw Bale Building and Straw Bale Details. He is a regular contributor to Mother Earth News, Home Power and The Last Straw Journal.


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