A Practical Guide for the UK and Ireland

by Barbara Jones is now available from Green Books, or post free from Amazon Nails price £10 or €16. Specifically written for strawbale building in our climate, it details all the main construction methods and includes bale specifications and plans, construction drawings, walls and foundations, doors and windows, plastering, building regulations and planning permission, and gives answers to some frequently asked questions about straw bale building.

Got my imagination whirring… I had a greater sense of wide-open possibility in the wake of this book than I’ve experienced from any straw bale publication in years… offers value for novice and veteran alike.” Mark Piepkorn, formerly Editor, The Last Straw Journal.

An easy-to-read handbook for this radically different approach to building dwellings… The author conveys on every page her obvious enthusiasm for the concept of ‘a totally green building culture’… Informative and well thought out.” Dave Pythian, Building Engineer magazine.

BUILDINGS OF EARTH AND STRAW – Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architectureby Bruce King
£15.95 plus £1.25 post and packing.
A technical book but written in an entirely accessible and entertaining way, for uninitiated builders and ‘professionals’ alike, exploring the methods of building safe and durable straw and earth houses.

BUILD IT WITH BALES by grass-roots champion and pioneer Matts Myrhman and S.O. Macdonald.
£19.95 plus £2.50 postage and packing.
This is a great ‘hands on’ manual for self-building with straw. 143 pages and fully illustrated. Inspiring, practical and a must.

£5.00 plus 50 pence post and packing.
If you want to use lime to repair and redecorate an old building but are unsure where to start or what to do, then this booklet is for you, whether you are a homeowner, builder or even an interested professional.

THE STRAW BALE HOUSE by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen & David Bainbridge.
£19.95 plus £3.50 post and packing.
This is an extremely popular and informative book based on the American experience, with beautiful, full colour photographs. Inspiring and comprehensive.

THE BEAUTY OF STRAW BALE HOMES by Athena and Bill Steen. £16.95 plus £1.25 postage and packing
A wonderfully inspiring book showing just what it says; a range of full colour photographs with brief descriptions of strawbale homes in the USA and Canada. A beautiful ‘coffee table’ book.

SERIOUS STRAW BALE – A Home Construction Guide for All Climates by Paul Lacinski & Michel Bergeron
£22.50 plus £3.50 post and packing.
A Canadian book on design and build covering the serious issues of halmballer, moisture, humidity and temperature.

STRAWBALE HOMEBUILDING – from Earth Garden Books. £14.95 plus £1.25 post and packing.
A collection of Australian self-build experiences.

THE LAST STRAW RESOURCE GUIDE £5.00 including post and packing.
Comprehensive international resource listings.

The above books are highly recommended reading for anyone thinking about building with straw

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