Straw bales have been use for building for about 140 years. Until recently bales were only used for load bearing Nebraskan style building or for infill on timber framed buildings. Mod Cell panels are a prefabricated straw bale panel consisting of a timber frame, straw bale infill and lime rendered faces. Mod Cell panels have been used for cladding on several framed buildings and are now being developed to be load bearing. In order to allow this sufficient racking shear resistance needs to be developed. This paper reports on a series of joint tests and full scale panel racking shear tests at the University of Bath. Refinements to the joint and bracing details have improved the racking shear resistance of the panels.
|Title of host publication||Sustainability in Energy and Buildings|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||1st International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, 2009 - Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront, Brighton, UK United Kingdom|
Duration: 29 Apr 2009 → 1 May 2009
|Conference||1st International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, 2009|
|Country||UK United Kingdom|
|Period||29/04/09 → 1/05/09|
Gross, C., Fovargue, J., Homer, P., Mander, T., Walker, P., & White, C. (2009). Lateral Stability of Prefabricated Straw Bale Housing. In Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (pp. 147-154). Berlin: Springer.