[Strawbale] Segal method

Kitta Potgieter kitta.potgieter at googlemail...
Sat Sep 11 21:17:40 CEST 2010

He didn't, as far as I'm aware.  The Walter Segal method uses standard
modular units - as you said: no cutting.  A straw bale is a standard unit -
but I don't think that's what he had in mind.


On 11 September 2010 17:31, Dave Howorth <dave at howorth....uk> wrote:

> I'm surprised that people have mentioned a connection between Walter
> Segal and strawbale because I was not aware of it before.
> Segal developed a method of building that was designed to be simple to
> use by unskilled people. It uses pad foundations, timber frame studding
> and dry panel infill. The studding is set at such spacing that the
> infill panels do not need to be cut. One aim is to eliminate wet trades
> such as bricklaying and plastering.
> So while strawbales can be used as infill with timber studding, I'm
> surprised if Walter Segal had anything to do with it. If anybody has any
> references to his involvement, I'd be very interested.
> Walter Segal wrote some books in the late 40s. These include "Home and
> Environment", "Housing: the post-war work of the London County Council",
> and "Planning and Transport: their effects on industry and residence
> (Building and Society.)" but they're out of print.
> Jon Broome's excellent book "The Green Self-build Book" has a
> description of the Segal method. The two worked together.
> This web page
> <
> http://www.selfbuild-central.co.uk/design/timber-frame-design/post-and-beam/>
> provides a summary and some links to other pages.
> Cheers, Dave
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