The first highly illustrated, comprehensive guide to light straw clay - a high performance, low-impact, durable building material Light straw clay - straw mixed with clay slip - is a versatile, easy-to-use wall building material. Also called slip-straw, its durability has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings across Northern Europe and in modern high-performance buildings in North America. Building code compliant in the US and using waste materials with high insulation value and excellent moisture handling qualities, its both high-performance and low-impact. Yet until now, there has been no practical guide to using the material in a wide variety of construction and renovation projects. Distilling decades of experience, Essential Light Straw Clay Construction is a fully illustrated step-by-step guide, ideal for both the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike. It covers: Material specifications, performance, and when and where to use it Estimating quantities, costs, and sourcing Illustrated, step-by-step guidance for mixing and installation, including slip-chip variations Detail drawings for various wall systems including stud, timber, and pole framing, Larsen trusses, I-joists, plus retrofits Code references, compliance, and best practice Finishing and maintenance techniques Additional resources. Lydia Doleman , a licenced contractor, taught carpentry and natural building at Solar Energy International in Colorado and was lead ecological builder for Portlands City Repair project. Shes created beautiful, high-performance, low-impact buildings across the Northwest, from Portlands first permitted straw bale home and The Rebuilding Centers cob entryway, to a 3,300-sq. f light clay straw brewery. Shes written forThe Last Straw Journal and Permaculture Activistand appeared on NBC News and HGTVsOff Beat America. Lydia lives in southern Oregon.
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