16325RE: [SB-r-us] Re: straw bale project philippines?
- Jan 11, 2014
Hello. My name is De. I am new here. I am the executive Director of a Bird Rescue Facility in North Central Texas. Can anyone tell me if there is anyone in the Texas area that is knowledgeable of doing many of the different types of “natural” processes such as straw or cob houses, earthen flooring, rocket mass heating etc. We are wanting to build a new building for the birds and make it as
Natural and Earth Friendly as possible. We are wanting to go as natural as possible- however as always money is an issue. We are hoping to find someone in the state that would work with us on doing a workshop so that we can pay for their help and still get people to come and help while learning the different tasks for their own future need. I know these types of workshops have been done all over http://naturalhomes.org/usa-naturalhomes.htm
the world but just can’t seem to find a “connection” with someone that is close to us. I’m having a really hard time here in Texas finding someone that can help. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.
Amen! 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.
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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