For the first time, a design manual for practicing professionals, as well as teachers, is made available, drawing on the collective experience of the most senior and respected figures in the rapidly-emerging field of straw bale construction.
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Bruce King is a pioneer in the field of green building and author of Buildings of Earth and Straw; Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture, 1996, and Making Better Concrete; Guidelines to Using Fly Ash for Higher Quality, Eco-Friendly Structures, 2005. A practicing structural engineer for over 25 years, King is also the founder and director of Ecological Building Network, a nonprofit committed to collecting and disseminating information on green building design and construction. He is co-founder, with his wife, Sarah Weller King, of Green Building Press. He lives in Marin County, California.Review:
“Bruce King’s previous books have become essential references, and I am sure this well-structured volume will become the standard reference of straw bale construction.”
—Hugh Morris, Senior Tutor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand
“Anyone who is considering the design and construction of a straw bale building would be wise to read this book first.”
—Richard Okawa, P.E. Vice President of International Services, International Code Council (ICC), Whittier, California
“This authoritative source of information on the technology of straw bale building is long overdue, and raises both the art and science of low impact building to a new level.”
—Tom Woolley, Professor of Architecture Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland, author of Natural Building and The Green Building Handbook
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