Load bearing Capacity of Straw Bale Walls with small Bales

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Loadbearing capacity of strawbale walls – a summary of results from peer-reviewed literature

This report is intended to provide useful information to structural engineers, designers, and building inspectors who must always be consulted in the planning and approval of any project.

Author: John Butler – Sustainable Building Consultancy, for UpStraw and The School of Natural Building


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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.