[GSBN] Load-bearing straw bale idea

David Eisenberg strawnet at gmail.com
Fri Jun 23 23:55:12 CDT 2017

I concur with what has been suggested by others, but would add that
switching to an appropriate post instead of the bales assumes that the roof
bearing assembly is stiff and strong enough to bear that concentrated load.
If the roof bearing assembly (box beam or whatever the structural element
is on top of the bale walls) is not adequate for that concentrated load, a
truss could be designed to distribute the load along the length of the
assembly (whether the full length would be necessary or not).

David Eisenberg

On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:06 AM, Rikki Nitzkin <rikkinitzkin at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> I forward a petition from a Spanish architect who wants to know if his
> idea has been tried, and if it worked.
> He is planning to build a Load-bearing SB home. The roof will have
> two “waters” (what is that called in english?)- creating a triangular gap
> on both sides of the roof.
> He wants to try to put the main beam (Spanish architecture doesn’t use
> triangular rafters, but a main roof beam, with the other beams resting on
> it) directly on the bales. His idea is to put a wooden panel on top of each
> row that is above the roof-plate, until reaching the main beam- using very
> well compressed bales.
> Has anyone tried this?
> Here is a drawing of the idea:
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