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Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide (Sustainable Building Essentials Series)


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English | June 27th, 2017 | ISBN: 0865718431 | 138 Pages | PDF | 15.48 MB

The first highly illustrated, comprehensive guide to light straw clay - a high performance, low-impact, durable building material

Light straw clay - straw mixed with clay slip - is a versatile, easy-to-use wall building material. Also called "slip-straw," its durability has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings across Northern Europe and in modern high-performance buildings in North America.

Building code compliant in the US and using "waste" materials with high insulation value and excellent moisture handling qualities, it's both high-performance and low-impact. Yet until now, there has been no practical guide to using the material in a wide variety of construction and renovation projects.

Distilling decades of experience, Essential Light Straw Clay Construction is a fully illustrated step-by-step guide, ideal for both the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike. It covers:

Material specifications, performance, and when and where to use it
Estimating quantities, costs, and sourcing
Illustrated, step-by-step guidance for mixing and installation, including "slip-chip" variations
Detail drawings for various wall systems including stud, timber, and pole framing, Larsen trusses, I-joists, plus retrofits
Code references, compliance, and best practice
Finishing and maintenance techniques
Additional resources.
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