Reversed Cyclic In-Plane Tests of Load-Bearing Plastered Straw Bale Walls

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The results of an experimental study on the lateral load resisting characteristics of 6 full-scale straw bale wall assemblies are presented. Walls having earth plaster and cement stucco skins and varied levels of detailing were subjected to reversed cyclic lateral loads. Preliminary recommendations are made for wall detailing, allowable design strengths, and R factors that may be used for seismic design, for walls that are nominally 8 ft. high by 8 ft long.

Authors: Mar, David; King, Bruce; Aschheim, Mark; Ash, Cale


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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.