[GSBN] Bullet Resistance of Straw Bale Walls

David Arkin, AIA david at arkintilt.com
Tue Aug 16 13:46:06 CDT 2016

Hi Darcey:

I suggest you ask Jon Hammond or Bruce Playle at Indigo in Davis, CA.  They've done a number of police stations up and down the central valley, albeit wrapping block buildings with straw bales, but they may have some knowledge to impart.  http://www.indigoarch.com/contact/   Your next best bet would Greg McMillan (no further explanation needed).  

David / CASBA

On Aug 16, 2016, at 11:15 AM, "Darcey Donovan" <darcey at paksbab.org> wrote:

> Hello friends,
> Are there any tests out there regarding the bullet resistance of straw bale walls? It is a concern in Pakistan, and I've received an inquiry about it and if cement plaster would increase it.
> Our bales are 13" thick and we use earthen plasters, lime-stabilized earthen plasters and lime plasters.
> Thanks,
> Darcey
> Darcey Messner Donovan, P.E.
> Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (PAKSBAB)
> +1-530-902-5516 Ph
> darcey at paksbab.org
> www.paksbab.org
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