A new human-powered press for producing straw bales for load-bearing constructions (Anpilpay 2.0)

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This paper provides the design method to realize a human-powered press for continuous production of high-density straw bales, necessary for the realization of load-bearing housing modules. Particular attention is directed to the simplicity of the press mechanical structure in order to make possible its construction in developing countries. The design process is fully described, then the use of a prototype press for the realization, with high-density rice straw bales, of a load-bearing housing module is presented and the results are commented.

Authors: Anastasio, Dario; Ferraresi, Carlo; Franco, Walter; Gondino, Francesco; Quaglia, Giuseppe; Soprana, Lorenzo


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.