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    straw houses

    Just wondering if anyone has past experience of building with straw bales.
    And have you considered building bale house in thailand.
    Straw is very cheap here (20-30 baht per bale) and the thermal properties of straw would be ideal here.
    I have been toying with the idea for some time...


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    I seem to remember a TV program about a westerner building straw houses in Africa.
    They looked quite nice.

    How would you stop the ants and termites from eating it ?

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    or the locals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    How would you stop the ants and termites from eating it ?
    They don't eat it, too much silicon in it I think. Thats not to say they wont nest in it. Mold could be a problem and of course cow's

    PP got any links to how it's done ? I would of thought there would be a bit more to it than just stacking them up to form a hut.
    I have more than the average number of arm and legs

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    Well bugger me, look at this, it's lovely



    Nice link here Straw Bale House Photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunphin View Post
    Just wondering if anyone has past experience of building with straw bales.
    And have you considered building bale house in thailand.
    Straw is very cheap here (20-30 baht per bale) and the thermal properties of straw would be ideal here.
    I have been toying with the idea for some time...

    Got a heap of info and practical experience in building straw houses,...they're a very cost effective labour intensive project and well worth considering as an alternative construction system.

    Cost of materials = low

    Labour = high

    Insulation = max

    Fire risk = low

    Rot risk = low

    Eartqhuake risk = low

    Ethical/design potential = highly flexible

    Weight/mass : surface area = low

    Maintenance = low

    Best future orientated environmentally friendly building system yet devised.

    Adaptable to any other construction system.

    If you're gonna go this way, I'm free to advise, help, design and cost your project for you while I'm in Thailand.

    Architect's drawings, plans etc available.

    PM me mate, you got the biz right here!

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    Thetyim,

    Ya just beat me to it!! Great pic!

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    Oh, I forgot to mention,

    Satisfaction = 100%

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    Great pic, lovely!
    This may be useful: Welcome to the Straw Bale Building Association's Website

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    ^^^ Great link stroll!

    As it points out, clay/earth cladding is part of the process and builing in a dry season is a MUST!


    More!!

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    ^^^Also post and beam framework!

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    Nice series of pictures here but house not finished yet.
    Straw Bale Construction Pictures

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    On a practical note, you need to find equipment to compress the Bales, and chemically treat them. You will most likely want to clad them on the outside too.
    The amount of straw burnt of each year amounts to thousands of tons of fine building material in Southern California alone.

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    I saw a couple of em that had been built up in the northern end of the US Okanogan valley where it gets cold, and the people said they were damn fine in winter, cheap to build, they had them stuccoed inside and out and built on a slab from what I saw.
    Pobly get Thai to stack the bales pretty cheap.

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    straw..

    Hi,,
    thanks for all that.. I have done alot of reading on the subject already...
    and basically just waiting till I come back to thailand (heading home to NZ in few weeks) to get busy.

    I am hoping to use the load bearing method-no posts they remind me of thai construction!.
    the design I have would use @500-600 bales.
    any help in the future would be welcomed...I will contact you (ent) soon.

    I would like some advise on cheap roofing ..as the from what i've read , they can cost up to 1 millon !!. size depending of course.

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    From all I've read on the subject, rice straw is the best kind of straw for building. It has a higher silicon content than other straws and so it is denser, stronger and more rot and fire resistant than other kinds of straw.

    I've seen plenty of straw bales upcountry, they should be cheap.

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    20,000 bht for @600 bales + concrete and roof..hopefully a cheap house.!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunphin
    20,000 bht for @600 bales + concrete and roof..hopefully a cheap house.!!
    I trust you will do a nice pictorial if you build one..?

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    straw dogs

    Yeah.. plan to do step by step...to give you a basic idea, my design is based on the roman villa with a internal courtyard ...the wife has some land right by the Ratchaprapha Dam. Its on top of a hill and has an awesome view of the lake area.


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    There's a thread on the TV farming forum dealing with Straw houses amongst other things, if anyones interested.

    Eco Farming

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    ^ I trust you will be linking from the Farming Forum back to here

    or am I clutching at straws ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    I clutching at straws ?
    Yes

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    you could always link back to newscambodia.com if you wanted, or we could set up some differant ones

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    If one buys bales the straw is presumably already compressed.

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