Latest Straw bale Stories

2009-07-16 09:40:00

Could straw houses be the buildings of the future? That's what researchers at the University of Bath will be testing this summer by constructing a "BaleHaus" made of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels on campus.And people around the world will be able to watch its progress online via "Strawcam" from Monday 20 July at: www.bath.ac.uk/features/balehaus/- part of a site which will also feature blogs, videos, photos and lots of other information about the project.Straw is the...

2009-04-06 10:00:42

A U.S. civil engineer says she designed and built a straw bale house that has survived a major earthquake simulation. University of Nevada-Reno alumna Darcey Donovan said she built the full-scale, 14-by-14-foot house, complete with gravel foundation and clay plaster walls. The house was subjected to 200 percent more acceleration-shaking than was recorded during the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake -- the largest measured ground acceleration ever recorded in North America. After a series of...

2009-04-03 12:00:22

Innovative design used in Pakistan withstands experiment at University of Nevada, RenoIt huffed and puffed, but the 82-ton-force, earthquake-simulation shake table could not knock down the straw house designed and built by University of Nevada, Reno alumna and civil engineer Darcey Donovan.The full-scale, 14-by-14-foot straw house, complete with gravel foundation and clay plaster walls, the way she builds them in Pakistan, was subjected to 200 percent more acceleration/shaking than was...

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