Development and testing of a prototype straw bale house

Katharine Wall, Peter Walker, Christopher Gross, Craig White, Tim Mander

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This paper describes the research, development, construction and initial testing of an innovative low-carbonprototype house built using novel prefabricated straw bale panels. The use of straw as insulation provides anopportunity for value-added use of a widely available low-carbon co-product of farming. The research reported in thepaper seeks to enhance the understanding and develop the modern mainstream acceptance and use of straw as aconstruction material in housing and other applications. The paper initially summarises development and constructionof the panels and the house. Tests conducted on the panels and house reported in the paper include on-goingdurability assessment, fire resistance testing, acoustic transmittance testing, air permeability tests and thermalsurveys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-384
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials
Issue number6
Early online date4 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


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