[Strawbale] A request that came to DCAT from Switzerland
derek at unm...
Mon Jun 13 14:08:53 CEST 2011
There is documentation on some of the oldest Nebraska strawbale
structures in various books, including Bill and Athena Steen's "The
Straw Bale House", Bruce King's "Design of Straw Bale Buildings", and
Catherine Wanek's "The New Strawbale Home" and "The Art of Natural
Building". There are some pictures of these 100+ year-old buildings
on one of the pages of The Last Straw website:
Architect Werner Schmidt is only a few mountain ranges away in
southern Switzerland, and might be a valuable resource. He's done
laboratory testing on jumbo bales, and has designed and built many
innovative SB structures. He's a fun and exciting person to spend
time with, as well.
Language Learning Center
Ortega Hall 129, MSC03-2100
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Internet: derek at unm...
--On Sunday, June 12, 2011 8:21 AM -0700 David Eisenberg
<strawnet at aol...> wrote:
I am hoping that there is someone in Switzerland or at least on this
list in Europe who can give this person the help they are requesting.
Date: June 11, 2011 10:37:19 PM PDT
Email: lamdaki at live...
Questions: Hello Mr. Eisenberg,
we are a little family living in Nax, Switzerland.
We want to build a small hotel with as a straw bale house
. We got pretty far with our project, found a bank to finance it, but
their constriction expert doesn\'t know how to handle this kind of
Not having a straw bale house in the region he estimated the
durability at 15 years.
Do you have any sources, documents about straw bale houses older than
40/50 years? Something we can prove that it is to be handled as any
Thank you very much
Lisa and Louis Papadopoulos
By the way, we have your name from Natural Homes.
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