One approach to reducing embodied carbon dioxide of buildings is the increased use of plant-based construction materials such as prefabricated straw bale panels. This paper presents findings from the development and structural testing of an innovative load-bearing prefabricated straw bale building. Work on panel development is summarised ahead of presenting two numerical computer-based models that support the building design. The computer models are validated using data from a full-scale simulated static wind load test on a two-storey building. The prefabricated straw bale structural system is shown to be suitable for two- and three-storey domestic structures in a range of locations.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings|
|Early online date||29 Jul 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
- field testing
- timber structures
Maskell, D., Gross, C. D., Thomson, A., Beadle (Wall), K., Walker, P. J., & Mander, T. (2015). Structural development and testing of a prototype house using timber and straw bales. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings, 168(SB1), 67-75. https://doi.org/10.1680/stbu.13.00073