[GSBN] Load-bearing straw bale idea

Valentina Maini vmaini at mac.com
Sat Jun 24 01:54:06 CDT 2017

Hi all,
It seems that the architects is thinking of a beam roofing geometry like in sketch (A ).
 This is the traditional way to reduce cubic meters of wood, but is very bad solution even for stone walls : > point load+ horizontal loads on façade

There is another traditional roofing geometry that is a good solutions because avoids puntuals and horizontal loads..that is (B).. 
this solution is better option even for stone or earth walls.. you can see the difference in old buildings … solution B much more stable than A

I think it could work well on Nebraska with ring beam+ beam following the slope connecting all beams (in spanish : durmiente)
big hug, valentina

Valentina Maini
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> On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:06 AM, Rikki Nitzkin <rikkinitzkin at gmail.com <mailto:rikkinitzkin at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 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:
> <hastial Alejandro.jpeg>
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