US-Strawbale Construction and Its Evolution in Building Codes

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Strawbale construction – a wall system using baled straw as large, stackable blocks – was invented in the United States more than 130 years ago. Though its original heyday was in the early 20th century, a vigorous revival began in the late 1980s and continues today. The result is thousands of strawbale buildings spread across 49 states – more than 500 in California alone – and many thousands more in over 45 countries around the world.

Authors: Eisenberg, David, Hammer, Martin


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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.