Straw bale building techniques continue to evolve, through the sharing and
field work. Due to many of these changes, and the fact that 5 years have gone
by since the first book Straw Bale Building was published
(20,000 of these books sold- that's exciting to us!), it was high time to
'update' the book. Rather than simply update the old book, it became more
of a 'rewrite', and the new book, More Straw Bale Building
includes a colour section, a more extensive section on electrical, lots more
on plastering, and other natural building materials.
The book can be ordered through New Society Publishers directly, from most book stores, or you can request that your local library order a copy!
Straw Bale Building: More Straw Bale Building
by Chris Magwood, Peter Mack and Tina Therrien
published by New Society Publishers, ISBN 0-86571-403-7
288pages, illustrated,colour photo section, 8x9, $CAD 39.95/$USD 32.95
NEW SOCIETY PUBLISHERS
Books to Build a New Society
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC Canada V0R 1X0
Tel: 250-247-9737 Fax: 250-247-7471 www.newsociety.com
Straw Bale Details: A Manual for Designers and Builders
By Chris Magwood and Chris Walker
Straw Bale Details is the perfect companion for those who are serious about building with straw. It focuses entirely on the specific design theories and practices that result in well-built, long-lasting bale structures, and extends the range of books like Straw Bale Building through large, easy-to-read architectural drawings rendered for a wide variety of building options, including load-bearing and post-and-beam designs. A range of foundation, wall, door and window, and roof-plate scenarios are presented, along with explanatory notes and possible modifications. Also included is testing data from the most recent rounds of bale wall exploration, and interpretations of the data are given to help base designer and builder decisions on sound science. Chapters include: Foundations & Floors; Curb Rails; Walls; Openings; Top Plates; Pre-Stressing; Roofs; Wall Mounting, Electrical & Plumbing Systems; as well as sections on Key Scientific Test Results; Building Code Provisions; Bale Basics; Plasters & Finishes; and a Bibliography.
Author Chris Magwood is a respected bale builder, and is coauthor of Straw Bale Building: How to Plan, Design & Build with Straw (New Society Publishers, 2000), and editor of The Last Straw Journal. Chris Walker is a Toronto architect specializing in sustainable design.
On the web: www.newsociety.com
c/o Tina Therrien
P.O. Box 61, Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0