Evaluating Thermal Resistivity of a Cement Plastered Straw Bale Wall: A Review

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In this work, cement plastered straw bale specimens of sorghum and maize straw bale were tested for thermal conductivity using Lee’s disc apparatus. The thermal resistivity of the plastered straw bale specimens was evaluated as the reciprocal of the apparent thermal conductivity. The results of the experiment tests and calculations have shown that increase in the thickness of the plastered straw bale masonry would increase their thermal resistivity. Though this effect varies slightly from sorghum to maize straw bale masonry, but at the thickness of 400 mm. The thermal resistivity of wood specimens measured with the same apparatus agreed to within 1.21 of the published values.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267801201_Evaluating_Thermal_Resistivity_of_a_Cement_Plastered_Straw_Bale_Wall_A_Review

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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.