[GSBN] Straw Bale in Marine Environments
martinoehlmail at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 12:15:03 CDT 2014
Hallo David, how wonderful to work at Esalen Institute. When building at
the Atlantic coast in Brittany, I used an external lerch cladding with 5 cm
airspace between the limerendered strawbale wall (structure I-beams). This
works fine after 10 years and many storms with horizontal rain and high
Surement fun in Big Sur,
On 15 August 2014 17:57, David Arkin <david at arkintilt.com> wrote:
> Hello GSBN:
> We're working on a housing project for the Esalen Institute in Big Sur (on
> the California coast, south of Monterey, right on the ocean). We've
> discussed using straw bale panels for the exterior walls (and possibly
> party walls) of these multi-unit buildings. One of the structures will be
> located only meters away from the bluff above the ocean. Yes, beautiful,
> but sometimes very foggy, and heavy rains with high winds at times, too.
> Morning humidity in the middle of winter averages around 90%, dropping to
> less than 70% in the afternoon; summer averages range from 70% to 33% (it's
> 55% at this moment, fyi). Our structures will have 3' to 4' (1 meter
> +)overhangs to the west, north and east, and 6' to 8' (2 meter +) toward
> the south (and no bales on the south walls). All sites receive a good
> amount of sun (no significant trees or hills).
> Curious to know if anyone has any experience building with straw in
> similar conditions, and if so what insights you might have to offer.
> We're also exploring hemcrete and some other systems, but panelized bale
> walls are our first choice. Sheathing the exteriors with a rain screen is
> an option we're also considering.
> Thanks in advance,
> David Arkin and Anni Tilt and Team
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