[Strawbale] "Re: Contents of Strawbale digest..." rammed-earth SBhouse which is being finished this summer in Spain

Eric Larmett Eric.Larmett at arup...
Fri Jun 2 17:01:53 CEST 2006

Hi guys

Interesting thoughts.

We are considering a straw bale wall for approx 50% of the external wall
with the other 50% made up of glass. 
We have identified the issue of differential settlement and considered
pre compressing the straw bale walls.
Essentially we would have threaded bar inside the bales (2 per bale).
These would be fixed to the sole plate and the wall plate would be
tightened down to compress the bales. Thus taking out the initial
Do you know of any figures (rule of thumb) to apply to the compressive
nature of the bales.
The roof would be supported by both glass and straw bale walls.


Eric Larmett
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-----Original Message-----
From: strawbale-bounces at amper....muni.cz
[mailto:strawbale-bounces at amper....muni.cz] On Behalf Of Ben Albu
Sent: 02 June 2006 13:34
To: European strawbale building discussions
Subject: Re: [Strawbale] "Re: Contents of Strawbale digest..."
rammed-earth SBhouse which is being finished this summer in Spain

Hi Patrick,

I am also interested in such a house, but where was it build in Spain ?
Do you know where I can find some pics of it ?

Kind regards

Ben Albu

On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 14:19:44 +0200, Patrick O'Neill
<patrick at frdata....uk>  

> I was very interested in the rammed-earth SB house which is being  
> finished
> this summer in Spain. I am looking at a similar project in Guadalajara

> for
> 2007.
> I would like to see your photos.  I considered a rammed earth wall on
> south but I was worried about differential settlement with the other
> walls.
> At the moment our plan is 3 SB walls and a glass wall on the south  
> side.  We
> will use shading and insulated/reflective shutters to manage the solar

> gain
> entering the building from the south and thick earth floors, earth  
> internal
> walls and earth staircases for thermal mass.
> Question
> We plan to support the beam over the window on threaded bar and adjust

> it as
> the straw settles dose any one have experience of this???
> Patrick

Ben Albu
St Jansbergsesteenweg 101
3001 Heverlee

0476 57 53 20

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