[GSBN] Load-bearing straw bale idea

Bruce EBNet bruce at ecobuildnetwork.org
Fri Jun 23 19:39:11 CDT 2017

Just put a post under the ridge beam

or there will be weeping, and knashing of teeth

Bruce King
(415) 987-7271
bruce at ecobuildnetwork.org

> On Jun 23, 2017, at 5:30 PM, Lance Kairl <sabale at bigpond.com> wrote:
> HI all,
> While the idea looks fine , it’s the concentration of load ( weight ) onto the two very top bales ( one each side) that is concerning.
> Effectively ½  the weight of the roof and any wind loads etc  is  distributed thru the one bale,  yes in a slight triangulation , but basically creating a point load  on the top bale.
> Raseing concerns that the one bale , then the 2 bales below will compress  ( initially and  over time )  distorting the roof structure and pushing the  other walls outward..
> The amount of timber used in the  wooden panel horizontals  , may be as much as a single post  supporting the ridge beam,
> And resulting in a more modified loadbearing type of structure.
> There are engineers out there that may like it more than me   ( and mathematically like it ) ,
> But I feel the approach is flawed.
> Cheer s   Lance
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