many bales : one house
history and examples of straw bale construction




                                               ...
history
history




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history
history

• people throughout history built
  with what was available




                                    plain...
history
history

• people throughout history built
  with what was available

• late 1800’s with invention of
  horse/stea...
history
history

• people throughout history built
  with what was available

• late 1800’s with invention of
  horse/stea...
history
history

• people throughout history built
  with what was available

• late 1800’s with invention of
  horse/stea...
why straw?




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why straw?


 • waste products




                    plain green ‘08
why straw?


 • waste products

 • energy efficiency




                       plain green ‘08
why straw?


 • waste products

 • energy efficiency

 • sustainability




                       plain green ‘08
why straw?


   • waste products

   • energy efficiency

   • sustainability



 20 year life cycle cost:
 (energy/mainte...
common questions…




                    plain green ‘08
common questions…



• durability




                    plain green ‘08
common questions…



• durability

• supports in walls




                      plain green ‘08
common questions…



• durability

• supports in walls

• vermin




                      plain green ‘08
common questions…



• durability

• supports in walls

• vermin

• fire


                      plain green ‘08
common questions…



• durability

• supports in walls

• vermin

• fire

• load capacity
                      plain gree...
building process/examples
McCrory Gardens, Red Feather Development Group




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foundations




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roof bearing assembly (RBA)




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toe up




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window / door bucks




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stacking straw




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RBA / roof trusses




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living roof




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prepping for stucco




                      plain green ‘08
stucco




         plain green ‘08
come visit
Children’s Outdoor Classroom
McCrory Gardens, Brookings, SD




                                 plain green ‘08
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Dean Isham on Many Bales One House

  1. 1. many bales : one house history and examples of straw bale construction plain green ‘08
  2. 2. history history plain green ‘08
  3. 3. history history • people throughout history built with what was available plain green ‘08
  4. 4. history history • people throughout history built with what was available • late 1800’s with invention of horse/steam balers plain green ‘08
  5. 5. history history • people throughout history built with what was available • late 1800’s with invention of horse/steam balers • 1886-87 first recorded structure was a schoolhouse near Scotts Bluff, NE plain green ‘08
  6. 6. history history • people throughout history built with what was available • late 1800’s with invention of horse/steam balers • 1886-87 first recorded structure was a schoolhouse near Scotts Bluff, NE • burke homestead built in 1903 and occupied until 1956 and is still standing today - no maintenance for 60 years plain green ‘08
  7. 7. why straw? plain green ‘08
  8. 8. why straw? • waste products plain green ‘08
  9. 9. why straw? • waste products • energy efficiency plain green ‘08
  10. 10. why straw? • waste products • energy efficiency • sustainability plain green ‘08
  11. 11. why straw? • waste products • energy efficiency • sustainability 20 year life cycle cost: (energy/maintenance) 1375 s.f. 3 bdrm, 2 bath conventional: straw bale: $36,000 $18,000 plain green ‘08
  12. 12. common questions… plain green ‘08
  13. 13. common questions… • durability plain green ‘08
  14. 14. common questions… • durability • supports in walls plain green ‘08
  15. 15. common questions… • durability • supports in walls • vermin plain green ‘08
  16. 16. common questions… • durability • supports in walls • vermin • fire plain green ‘08
  17. 17. common questions… • durability • supports in walls • vermin • fire • load capacity plain green ‘08
  18. 18. building process/examples McCrory Gardens, Red Feather Development Group plain green ‘08
  19. 19. foundations plain green ‘08
  20. 20. roof bearing assembly (RBA) plain green ‘08
  21. 21. toe up plain green ‘08
  22. 22. window / door bucks plain green ‘08
  23. 23. stacking straw plain green ‘08
  24. 24. RBA / roof trusses plain green ‘08
  25. 25. living roof plain green ‘08
  26. 26. prepping for stucco plain green ‘08
  27. 27. stucco plain green ‘08
  28. 28. come visit Children’s Outdoor Classroom McCrory Gardens, Brookings, SD plain green ‘08
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