Posted by Larry Caldwell on October 29, 2005, 5:48 pm
Yeah. Ottawa doesn't have frost. It's in the Canadian banana belt.
That wasn't their only problem. They propped it up long enough to take
a picture, but 20 years from now it's going to be an uninhabitable pile
Alternative construction methods are easily accommodated within the
International Building Code. Not far from my home, one of the most
unusual resorts in the world was built using alternative methods, and
every bit of it was inspected and approved by the local building
official. It was written up in national building code magazines as an
example of what can be done.
Straw houses and rammed earth houses are common enough that any decent
structural designer could draw plans for one that would not fall down
or rot. Just off the top of my head, this design needed an adequate
footing for a heavy wall load that extended below the frost line, more
soil/straw separation, cold side ventilation between the stucco and
straw to dispose of moisture, a vapor barrier on the warm side of the
straw, lateral bracing in the walls, and bearing members not built out
of highly compressible straw. That's just structural, and doesn't even
consider the lack of sanitary facilities or heat.
If you want to see how to build a straw house, look at a professional
operation, like http://www.ironstraw.org/ , not a bunch of hippiedippie
Posted by ms_peacock on October 30, 2005, 3:34 pm
I suspect that since it didn't have wiring or plumbing lasting 20 years
wasn't a consideration. I also supect that since it's just straw bales and
stucco it wasn't a huge expense and could be replaced relatively cheap.
I also suspect they built that particular one just to see if they could and
what construction would entail.
Posted by <oprrjg on October 28, 2005, 7:09 pm
: While I can't speak for the particular house shown on the website, straw
: bale construction can be designed to resist both frost heave and seismic
Yet, but what about Wolves?
Posted by CC on October 28, 2005, 10:19 pm
Buy a brick-laying pig?
Posted by Me on October 29, 2005, 6:59 pm
When was the last time you heard of a wolf eating a person?