[Strawbale] Green roofs on strawbale buildings

zac solomons zac.solomons at gmail...
Mon Sep 20 14:18:56 CEST 2010

Thanks Max and everyone else for your replies. No doubt it is a confusing
picture. As i understand it the most likely problem is that your render will
crack if it takes the load? It would be amazing if some big
building/engineering company did exhaustive testing of different straw bale
walls, then i could let go of the butterflies in my stomach. Still thinking
of maybe going with a lightweight roof, despite ingenious design solutions
like Max's i wonder if i am trying to fit a square peg in a round hole!

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Max Vittrup Jensen <max at permalot...>wrotke:

>  Just a fast comment to add to all of the good Green Roof advices;
> We made a small 3 walled load bearing stage for a school in 2009 with
> green roof. The trick is that I used 4 columns of round straw bales on
> end as the 4 load bearing columns, which holds a bond gbeam; simply the
> edges of the roof frame. As the structure is quite open towards the
> front, and the roof leans towards the back, there's also 2 round wood
> oak poles holding the roof in the front of the stage.
> You can see it all on one of the many photo-comic manuals on our site;
> look under 'resources'.
> Cheers,
> Max Vittrup Jensen
> PermaLot Centre of Natural Building
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