[GSBN] Straw Bale in Marine Environments

John Swearingen jswearingen at skillful-means.com
Mon Aug 25 13:50:38 CDT 2014


I would agree with using a rain screen. We used Obdyke's material. Not as
natural as latch but easy to put together. It sustained full on hurricane
force rain shortly after installation without problem.  We were careful to
integrate the window flashing with the screen.

john
On Aug 15, 2014 10:05 AM, "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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