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Structural development and testing of a prototype house using timber and straw bales


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Maskell, D., Walker, P. J., Thomson, A., Gross, C. D., Beadle, K. and Mander, T., 2014. Structural development and testing of a prototype house using timber and straw bales. ICE Proceedings Structures & Buildings, 168 (1), pp. 67-75.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/stbu.13.00073

    Abstract

    One approach to reducing embodied carbon dioxide of buildings is the increased use of plant-based construction materials such as prefabricated straw bale panels. This paper presents findings from the development and structural testing of an innovative load-bearing prefabricated straw bale building. Work on panel development is summarised ahead of presenting two numerical computer-based models that support the building design. The computer models are validated using data from a full-scale simulated static wind load test on a two-storey building. The prefabricated straw bale structural system is shown to be suitable for two- and three-storey domestic structures in a range of locations.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsMaskell, D., Walker, P. J., Thomson, A., Gross, C. D., Beadle, K. and Mander, T.
    DOI10.1680/stbu.13.00073
    DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
    Research CentresBRE Centre in Innovative Construction Materials
    Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code39219

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