Straw Bale Construction Manual
Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture
Author: Gernot Minke, Benjamin Krick
Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH
2nd edition, 05/2020
160 pages, hardback
Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years, there has been a worldwide renaissance in the use of straw as a building material. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. Moreover, it is an inexpensive and easy-to-use option for self-builders.
The book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw bales. Protection against moisture, surface treatment and wall construction types are dealt with in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the construction process step by step. Thirty international case studies illustrate the wide range of attractive design option with straw.