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Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide: 4 (Sustainable Building Essentials Series, 4)

Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide: 4 (Sustainable Building Essentials Series, 4)

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Author: Doleman, Lydia

Brand: KLO80

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 144

Release Date: 06-07-2017

Details: Product Description 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. Lydia Doleman , a licenced contractor, taught carpentry and natural building at Solar Energy International in Colorado and was lead ecological builder for Portland's City Repair project. She's created beautiful, high-performance, low-impact buildings across the Northwest, from Portland's first permitted straw bale home and The Rebuilding Center's cob entryway, to a 3,300-sq. f light clay straw brewery. She's written for The Last Straw Journal and Permaculture Activist and appeared on NBC News and HGTV's Off Beat America . Lydia lives in southern Oregon. Review "Light straw-clay is one of the most versatile natural wall systems around, combining straw's insulation value with clay's thermal mass and preservative qualities for excellent performance in almost any climate. Why is it so little known? Partly due to a shortage of reliable how-to information in English. Lydia Doleman has solved that problem once and for all with this brilliantly written and illustrated guidebook. Absolutely the most useful book on the topic." ― Michael G. Smith, co-editor, The Art of Natural Building and co-author, The Hand-Sculpted House "Lydia Doleman is the best, and this book is the best. It is the book that Lydia would have liked to have had at the start of her journey to become one of the most talented, experienced, and professional natural builders in North America. Instead, after half a lifetime of designing and building and building and building, she has gathered it all together for us to have and use. This book really is for all of us, so we can go forth and use our own hands to build a better, more healthful and beautiful world." ― Mark Lakeman, Founder and sustainer of communitecture and City Repair "Lydia Doleman has written a "must have" resource on the multiple techniques for Light Straw Clay construction. Well researched and grounded in her own 20 years of hands-on natural building experience, her love of the craft, and her attention to detail shine through in every page." ― Robert Laporte and Paula Baker-Laporte, authors, The EcoNest Home "Essential Light Straw Clay Construction gives building professionals and owner-builders the knowledge and an array of options to design and construct a durable, resource-efficient, and high-performance home with the simple materials of earth, straw, and wood." ― Martin Hammer, architect, co-author of the Light Straw-Clay appendix in the International Residential Code "For thousands of years, straw and clay formed the bedrock of human habitat. The natural building revolution brought us many books on strawbale, cob, rammed

Package Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches

Languages: English