Straw Bale Construction Manual

Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture

Gernot Minke, Benjamin Krick

Birkhaüser, 2020


Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. It is a cheap and easy-to-use option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber framework filled with straw.
This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are treated in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step.


ISBN: 9783035618549

160 pages, 190 bl/w en 100 color illustrations, 28 x 22 cm, hardcover, English