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    DescriptionIn 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!" Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most regions of North America, we've entered a new era. Even building-code officials and insurance companies now look favorably upon straw bale buildings, with their extraordinary energy efficiency and wise use of agricultural waste for construction materials. Bergeron and Lacinski's new book Serious Straw Bale is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates-where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create special stresses that builders must understand and address. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques, and present a compelling rationale for building with straw-one of nature's most resilient, available, and affordable byproducts. For skeptics and true believers, this book will prove to be the latest word. Thorough explanations of how moisture and temperature affect buildings in seasonal climates, with descriptions of the unique capacities of straw and other natural materials to provide warmth, quiet, and comfort year-round. Comprehensive comparison of the two main approaches to straw bale construction: "Nebraska-style," where bales bear the weight of the roof, and framed structures, where bales provide insulation. Detailed advice-including many well-considered cautions-for contractors, owner-builders, and designers, following each stage of a bale-building process. This is a second-generation straw bale book, for those seeking serious information to meet serious challenges while adventuring in the most fun form of construction to come along in several centuries.

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    Serious Straw Bale
    A Home Construction Guide for All Climates
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Lacinski, By (author) Michael Bergeron
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    ISBN 13: 9781890132644
    ISBN 10: 1890132640

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: TEC005000
    BIC E4L: HOU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    BIC subject category V2: RNC, TNK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.2
    BIC subject category V2: VSH
    B&T General Subject: 300
    BISAC V2.8: HOM004000
    Ingram Subject Code: DH
    Libri: I-DH
    BISAC V2.8: HOM000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16600
    BISAC V2.8: ARC009000
    DC21: 691
    DC22: 693.997
    LC classification: TH4818.S77
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 693/.997
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: TH4818.S77 L33 2000
    Thema V1.0: VSH, TNK, RNC
    Illustrations note
    Black and White Photos and Illustrations
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    01 December 2000
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Author Information
    Paul Lacinski is a partner in Green Space Collaborative, an environmental consulting firm offering integrated project management and innovative design services. He lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Architect Michel Bergeron is a founding member of Quebec's legendary ecological design-build firm, Archibio. He is an author, designer, and builder. He lives in Montreal.
    Review quote
    "Lacinski and Bergeron are strikingly thorough and forthright in presenting what it takes to make straw bale work in the toughest of climates."--Peter Yost, Senior Editor, Environmental Building News