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Recommended Reading

Design of Straw Bale Buildings
Bruce King
Green Building Press / 2006

The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes
Bill & Athena Steen
Chelsea Green / 2001
Lots of great pictures and wonderful introduction to strawbale construction.

Small Strawbale
Bill & Athena Steen, Wayne Bingham
Gibbs Smith / 2005
Collection of wonderful small structures with floorplans, pictures and details.

Serious Straw Bale: a Home Construction Guide for all Climates
Paul Lacinski, Paul Bergeron
Chelsea Green / 2000
From Canada so details are more appropriate for wet and cold climates.

The New Strawbale Home
Catherine Wanek
Gibbs Smith / 2003
Floorplans, Pictures and stories of Strawbale Homes built in North America.

Strawbale Home Plans
Wayne Bingham, Colleen Smith
Gibbs Smith / 2007
Good book for inspiration with great pictures and some floor plans.

More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw
Chris Magwood, Peter Mack
New Society Publishers / 2005
Covers the entire process of building a straw bale structure; from developing plans, code compliance, building details, construction methods, financing and zoning issues.

Build it with Bales, Version 2
Matt Myhrman, S.O. MacDonald
Out on Bale / 1997
A Step-by-Step guide to Straw Bale Construction. A classic primer and one of the early books with lots of details.

The Natural Plaster Book: Earth, Lime and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes
Cedar Rose Guelberth, Dan Chiras
New Society Publishers / 2003
A comprehensive guide to natural plasters and plastering techniques, including some basic recipes.

Using Natural Finishes: A Step by Step Guide
Adam Weissman, Katy Bryce
Green Books / 2008
Earth and Lime based plasters as well as finishes from around the world.

Clay Culture: Plasters, Paints and Preservation
Carole Crews
Gourmet Adobe Press / 2010
Focuses on her work with Clay on structures in New Mexico.

Building with Lime:A Practical Introduction
Stafford Holmes and Micheal Wingate
Practical Action / 2002
Good advice and General reference on broad range of uses for Lime in Construction

Design of Straw Bale Buidings: the State of the Art
Bruce King
Green Building Press / 2006
For architects and engineers especially - dealing with technical issues and codes, and a must have for the design team.
Download in PDF format at the Ecological Building Network
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Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture
Bruce King
Ecological Design Press / 1996
Technical information on these two building methods,useful for the professional, intelligible to the general reader, and attractively illustrated.

Fractal Architecture: Design for Sustainability
Kenneth Haggard, Polly Cooper
Booksurge / 2006
Concepts of Sustainability and the practice of environmental design.

The Natural House
Daniel Chiras
Chelsea Green / 2000
A complete guide to healthy, energy-efficient, environmental homes; with a chapter on straw bale.

The Hand-Sculpted House
Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley
Chelsea Green / 2002
A practical and philosophical guide to building a Cob cottage. Cob is a method using clay and straw.

EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber
Robert LaPorte, Paula Baker-LaPorte
Gibbs Smith / 2005
Addresses Light Straw Clay, another method of building with straw.

The Hybrid House - Designing with Sun, Wind, Water, and Earth
Catherine Wanek
Gibbs Smith / 2010
Shows straw as an element of the overall design and/or movement.

Built by Hand
Komatsu & Komatsu, Steen & Steen
Gibbs Smith / 2003
Shows traditional vernacular architecture from around the world, including earth and fiber; celebrates people building their own shelter using natural, local materials.

Making Better Concrete
Bruce King
Green Building Press / 2005
Guidelines to using Fly Ash for higher quality concrete in Eco friendly structures.

Little House on a Small Planet
Shay Salomon
Lyons Press / 2006
How to build only what you need, and how to figure out what that is.

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