Load Bearing & Non-Load Bearing Straw Bale Construction Building Permit Guide Las Vegas

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This guideline establishes minimum prescriptive standards of safety for the construction of structures that use baled straw as load-bearing or non-load-bearing material. The Clark County Building Administrative Code, Section 22.02.140, contains provisions for alternate materials and methods of construction. Pursuant to these provisions, this guideline shall be used as a reference during plan review and inspection of straw bale construction.

This guideline is based on the Pima County, Arizona prescriptive code for straw bale construction which they have been using for several years. The Clark County Department of Building has used the Pima County code successfully for a number of years to facilitate the construction of straw bale single-family residences.


  1. Jerome A. Stueve
  2. Samuel D. Palmer


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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.