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Straw Bale Building Details

Straw Bale Building Details

An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction

by CASBA

Straw bale buildings promise superior insulation and flexibility across a range of design aesthetics, while using a typically local and abundant low embodied-energy material that sequesters carbon—an important part of mitigating climate change.

 
 

Essential Earthbag Construction

Essential Earthbag Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

Containing over …

Essential Natural Plasters

Essential Natural Plasters

A Guide to Materials, Recipes, and Use

Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide proven, centuries-long durability.

Yet …

 

Essential Rammed Earth Construction

Essential Rammed Earth Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Everything you need to know to build with rammed earth in warm and cold climates.
Rammed earth – sand, gravel, and clay or lime/cement binder packed into forms – is a low-energy, high-performance building method, yielding beautiful, sustainable …

The Natural Building Companion cover

The Natural Building Companion

A Comprehensive Guide To Integrative Design And Construction

Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction, offering step-by-step instructions on…

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