16320Re: [SB-r-us] Re: straw bale project philippines?
- Jan 11, 2014We put up our roof first then stored the bales under it. Then we wrapped the whole house with plastic (we were lucky to be gifted a whole bunch) and spent all last winter stacking. The bales stayed wonderfully dry. Now they have two coats of earthen plaster on them and are awaiting spring for their final coat.You can see what we have been doing at www.otrabandanm.blogspot.comKatyAmen! We have stacked bales that have been tarped for a very long time. As Lady says, just keep them dry with tarps (www.tarps.com) or plastic, being careful to make sure all the bales are covered while still in piles and also once stacked for walls. You can see some tarped bales that are stacked for the walls at www.builtbyhandstrawbale.com. Pay special attention to the walls/stacks that are on the side where your weather blows moisture the most when it rains (your “weather wall”).A good book to get you started—and there are several good ones if you do a “strawbale” search at Amazon.com, is Bruce King, et al, DESIGN OF STRAW BALE BUILDINGS. We find this to be an especially good reference.Caralee
Ah, Matt, don't take away his hope. We are in sunny and lots of time muggy FL, USA and our little house is doing just fine. Been thru a couple of hurricanes without stucco even and it is tall and dry.
Stacking dry bales is the most important thing. There is always that plastic (our roll was 20x40) to put over the walls once up until finished. Yep, you can do it but be careful to get dry bales and stack them that way then keep covered till plastered.
Holding our hope,
The only issue I could see would be moisture and humidity. If you were near a coast that would mitigate it somewhat, but otherwise in a very moist environment the bales would rot out fairly readily.
We love our SB house, but we live in the desert southwest of the US.
Not to dissuade you, but a tropical environment is a challenging one for SB.
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