Design 4. Straw Bale Design Tips for the Summer By Chris Keefe Whether you are designing, contracting, owner-building, or just planning a straw bale house, here are five tips to pay attention to in the summer months. Tip #1 To begin with, it’s HOT!
4. Calculating the Number of Straw Bales in Your Straw Bale Home Once you have designed your straw bale house, you need to figure out how many bales will be needed to actually build it. There are a number of ways to go about doing this. One way is to simply make assumptions about the general size of your house and use a bale calculator based entirely on home square footage and roof design.
Straw bales have also been used in very energy efficient high performance buildings such as the S-House in Austria which meets the Passivhaus energy standard. In South Africa, a five-star lodge made from 10,000 strawbales has housed luminaries such as Nelson Mandela and Tony Blair. In the Swiss Alps, in the little village of Nax Mont-Noble, construction works have begun in October 2011 for the first hotel in Europe built entirely with straw bales.