STEP U3 – Load Bearing Straw Bale Construction, Learning Outcome

Written by esba

Trainees know …

  • about loadbearing systems and its specific demands on planning [Level 4]
  • advantages and disadvantages of loadbearing technique
  • joints to attached building elements (floor and roof plates, openings) according to loadbearing best practice and rules
  • tools and machines used in the straw bale construction sites.
  • the possible dangers, safe working practices, accident prevention regulations and security data sheets.
  • the specific straw bale problems of the building site organization.
  • how to read and implement plans. [Level 4]
  • the great importance of good density of the straw bales.
  • how to adjust the bales to the required size and shape.
  • different compression methods and its characteristics.
  • the need to fix the bales and knows the different methods to do it.
  • how to fill the gaps between the bales and how to prepare the interior and exterior surface for plastering.
  • the timetable linked with the costs. [Level 4]

Author: STEP


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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.