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BRE IP15/11

2011 Edition, November 1, 2011

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STRAW BALE An introduction to low-impact building materials

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2011 Edition, November 1, 2011
  • Published Date: November 2011
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: Building Research Establishment (BRE)
  • Page Count: 8
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This Information Paper provides a broad view of the benefits and limitations of straw bale for those considering its use in construction projects.

Straw is a renewable material offering good thermal insulation properties and a much lower environmental impact than many current mainstream construction materials. Straw bale is very suitable as infill insulation for timber-frame buildings with either an external render or timber rainscreen finish. Straw provides a vapour-permeable wall construction using a locally sourced, low-impact material, although it does need careful detailing and construction to avoid the ingress and retention of moisture.

This is one in a series of five Information Papers and parallel case studies on low-impact building materials. The others cover hemp lime, unfired clay masonry, cross-laminated timber and natural fibre insulation.