Barley: production, cultivation and uses

Written by esba

Barley straw is one of the crop residuals that can be used as a building material. Straw is the plant structure between the root crown and the grain head. The internal structure of a single straw is tubular, tough, and efficient. It contains cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin, and silica with high bending and tensile strength. The tube shape is inherently stable and, with a microscopically waxy coat, slightly hydrophobic. Bales are compressed masses of straw left over after harvest. Straw bale construction provides high comfort and enables homeowners and building managers to reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling by about 80%.

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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.