Load-bearing straw walls: implementation and behaviour

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Load bearing straw bale is a construction technique that has existed for more than a century but has been little investigated regarding the processes of implementation, the evaluation of mechanical performance or fire resistance. During final year projects carried out by the students of the IUT of Nîmes, improvements in the implementation process were experimented and mechanical tests were carried out. We present here the results obtained, the first elements to qualify the straw as an ecological, viable and sustainable constructive solution.

Authors: Quirant, Jérôme; Averseng, Julien; Hamelin, Cédric

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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.