Essential Light Straw Clay Construction
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  • Featured in: Permaculture Magazine NA , features offered to: Green Builder, Fine Home Building,
  • Excerpts offered to GRIT, The Family Handyman, Mother Earth News, GRIT, Acres USA,, Natural Building Networks
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  • Promoted with microwebsite on Green Builder Magazine with chapter excerpts and blog
  • Promoted as part of the Sustainable Building Essentials series
  • Promotion on author's website
  • Galley available on Edelweiss
  • Promotion to natural building associations through in-house targeted list
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements
  • Promotion via New Society Publishers social media platforms.

  • The author helped to legitimize straw bale construction in the Pacific Northwest by constructing Portland's first permitted straw bale addition and Portland's first permitted straw bale residence.
  • Flying Hammer Productions is her natural building construction company focused on pushing the boundaries of affordable and energy-efficient housing
  • T his is the first non-proprietary how-to manual on light straw clay building, for residential, commercial, small-scale, and large scale buildings.
  • Essential Light Straw Clay Construction will walk the beginner or interested experienced builder through the variety of ways to build using a Light Straw Clay wall system
  • Essential Light Straw Clay Construction highlights a variety of wall systems including timber frame, pole frame, stud frame, existing framing, Larsen trusses, conventional framing
  • This is the fourth book in the Sustainable Building Essentials series
  • Includes drawings and photos detailing the various tools, techniques, and wall sections for light straw clay infill wall systems, making this a great general resource for anyone interested in building with light straw clay.
  • Code compliant with its own building code addendum for New Mexico, enabling its adoption across in the US

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, it's 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 Portland's City Repair project. She's created beautiful, high-performance, low-impact buildings across the Northwest, from Portland's first permitted straw bale home and The Rebuilding Center's cob entryway, to a 3,300-sq. f light clay straw brewery. She's written for The Last Straw Journal and Permaculture Activist and appeared on NBC News and HGTV's Off Beat America . Lydia lives in southern Oregon.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Rationale
Chapter 3: Appropriate Use
Chapter 4: Building Science Notes
Chapter 5 : Material Specifications
Chapter 6: Design Options: Framing Systems and Form Options
Chapter 7: Design Notes, Details, and Budgeting
Chapter 8: Construction Procedures
Chapter 9: Finishes
Chapter 10: Maintenance and Renovation
Chapter 11: Building Codes
Chapter 12: Tools

Appendix 1: APPENDIX R – Light Straw Clay Construction, from 2015 IRC
About the Author



Publié par
Date de parution 01 juillet 2017
Nombre de lectures 8
EAN13 9781771422321
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 12 Mo

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Praise for
Essential Light Straw Clay Construction
Light straw-clay is one of the most versatile natural wall systems around, combining straw’s insulation value with clay’s thermal mass a nd preservative qualities for excellent performance in almost any climate. Why is it so little known? Partly due to a shortage of reliable how-to information in Englis h. Lydia Doleman has solved that problem once and for all with this brilliantly written and illustrated guidebook. Absolutely the most useful book on the topic.
— Michael G. Smith, co-editor,The Art of Natural Building and co-author,The Hand-Sculpted House
Lydia Doleman is the best, and this book is the bes t. It is the book that Lydia would have liked to have had at the start of her journey to become one of the most talented, experienced, and professional natural bui lders in North America. Instead, after half a lifetime of designing and building and building and building, she has gathered it all together for us to have and use. Th is book really is for all of us, so we can go forth and use our own hands to build a bette r, more healthful and beautiful world.
— Mark Lakeman, Founder and sustainer of communitec ture and City Repair
Lydia Doleman has written a “must have” resource on the multiple techniques for Light Straw Clay construction. Well researched and grounded in her own 20 years of hands-on natural building experience, her love o f the craft, and her attention to detail shine through in every page.
— Robert Laporte and Paula Baker-Laporte, authors,The EcoNest Home
Essential Light Straw Clay Constructiongives building professionals and owner-builders the knowledge and an array of options to d esign and construct a durable, resource-efficient, and high-performance home with the simple materials of earth, straw, and wood.
— Martin Hammer, architect, co-author of theLight Straw-Clayappendix in the International Residential Code
For thousands of years, straw and clay formed the b edrock of human habitat. The natural building revolution brought us many books o n strawbale, cob, rammed earth, earthbags, hempcrete and adobe, but until no w almost nothing on my favorite recommended style for ecovillages in every climate — light clay straw. Thanks to Lydia Doleman for the giving the world this compreh ensive construction companion.
— Albert Bates, author,The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide, The Biochar Solution, andThe Paris Agreement
We have been teaching natural building techniques s ince constructing our first Honey House earthbag dome in 1996. Yet in 2014 we c hose the Light Straw Clay system to build a 300 square foot kitchen addition onto our existing stick frame house. We are living proof that Lydia’s prescriptio ns and precautions will prepare
you for a positively playful, pleasantly proficient workplace designed to produce a prize winning project. All presented in Ms Doleman’ s heartfelt pragmatic pioneering spirit that personifies the joy of natural building . Thank you Lydia, for providing a neat package of protocols that promote the virtues of light straw clay into our modern day perception.
— Kaki Hunter and Doni Kiffmeyer, authors,Earthbag Building
Having constructed several strawbale homes I found this book very informative comparing the similarities and differences to light straw clay.
— Matt Bostwick
Series editors Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin
Title list EssentialHempcrete Construction, Chris Magwood Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction, Chris Magwood Essential Building Science, Jacob Deva Racusin a complete list of new and forthcoming series titles.
THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ESSENTIALS SERIES covers the full range of natural and green building techniques with a focus on sustainable materials and methods and code compliance. Firmly rooted in sound building science and drawing on decades of experience, these large-forma t, highly illustrated manuals deliver comprehensive, practical guidance from lead ing experts using a well-organized step-by-step approach. Whether your interest is foundations, walls, insulation, mechanical systems or final finishes, these unique books present the essential information on each topic including:
• Material specifications, testing and building cod e references
• Plan drawings for all common applications
• Tool lists and complete installation instructions
• Finishing, maintenance and renovation techniques
• Budgeting and labor estimates
• Additional resources
Written by the world’s leading sustainable builders , designers and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information is key to success . GET THE ESSENTIALS!
Copyright © 2017 by Lydia Doleman. All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Cover images ©Lydia Doleman, except shed ©Rob West
Interior Illustrations by Dale Brownson.
Thumbs up art: AdobeStock_23490949.
Straw bale chapter photo: Adobestock_94385282. Side bar photo AdobeStock_49425959.
Printed in Canada. First printing May 2017.
This book is intended to be educational and informa tive. It is not intended to serve as a guide.
The author and publisher disclaim all responsibility for any liability, loss or risk that may be associated with the application of any of th e contents of this book.
Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part ofEssential Light Straw Clay Constructionshould be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below. To order directly from the publishers, please call toll-free (North America) 1-800-567-6772, or order online
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Doleman, Lydia, 1976-, author
Essential light straw clay construction : the compl ete step by step guide / Lydia Doleman.
(Sustainable building essentials)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-86571-843-2 (softcover).--ISBN 978-1-550 92-638-5 (PDF).--ISBN 978-1-77142-232-1 (EPUB)
1. Building materials--Environmental aspects. 2. Dw ellings--Design and construction. 3. Ecological houses--Design and cons truction. 4. Sustainable buildings--Design and construction. 5. Straw. 6. Clay.
I. Title. II. Title: Light straw clay construction. III. Series: Sustainable building essentials
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New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and ju st society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a mann er that models this vision.
CHAPTER 1: Introduction
CHAPTER 2: Rationale
CHAPTER 3: Appropriate Use
CHAPTER 4: Building Science Notes
CHAPTER 5: Material Specifications
CHAPTER 6: Design Options: Framing Systems and Form Options
CHAPTER 7: Design Notes, Details, and Budgeting
CHAPTER 8: Construction Procedures
CHAPTER 9: Finishes
CHAPTER 10: Maintenance and Renovation
CHAPTER 11: Building Codes
CHAPTER 12: Tools
APPENDIX 1: APPENDIX R – Light Straw Clay Construction, from 2 015 IRC
ASPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE MANY PEOPLE who have inspired me through my building career! Too many to name, but a very speci al thank you to Ann Beninger for shining a light on the path before me way back in 1997, thanks to you I saw the straw, the wood, and the clay, and I have never loo ked back!
An extra special thank you to those who have encouraged me on this epic journey of writing this book. Thank you Brad Lancaster for reminding me to write about what is “juicy for me,” and Tyler Davis for giving me re ality checks and the numbers of publishers, and Michael G. Smith for really making me see it was possible and being up for the adventure, and Sukita Crimmel and James Thomson for leading the way, and Clay Glad for editing the first renditions , and Robert and Paula Laporte for cleaving the path for LSC to blossom in the States. And thank you to the many people who contributed photos: Jim Rieland, Jared S mith, Mark Lakeman, Michael G. Smith, Erica Ann Bush, and the Laportes, and a s pecial thank you to Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin for editing this series, han dling my questions and helping push this baby into the world.
An extra special thank you to Martin Hammer for his commitment to the unique challenge of creating the codes for natural wall sy stems enabling so many people to utilize these methods and for his valuable help in improving the information in this book (especiallyChapter 11).
And a super-duper thank you to my family and family of friends who have been there through many projects, and many dreams, rain or shine. Thank you Dad (“Wanna see me jump?” aka: Look! I wrote a book!!) and Devery for being such a part of who I am today.
Thank you Matt Musselwhite for parenting with me an d teaching me about strength and freedom. Thank you Matt Vogel for your endless compassion and deep connection. Thank you Caroline Musselwhite for bein g a relentless writer and supporting me 100% in this project and thank you Ma ud Powell for being such a dear friend and continual source of inspiration. I am honored to have you all in my life!
This book is dedicated to my mothers, Madeline Dole man and Donna Doleman, both of whom loved me no matter how much dirt I tra cked into the house, supported me on my unique life path, and left this planet way too early; and to my daughter Madeline Siskiyou, may the world hold you with the warmth and safety of a handmade home.
EARTH: OUR HOME OF HOMES. For thousands of generations it has also been our building material of choice: raw, local, and reflec tive of people, place, and a logical human scale. Extravagance was saved for structures and buildings with profound cultural significance: large timbers for a sacred h ouse in a scrub brush desert; stones the size of school buses dragged 12 miles an d up a mountain to build a temple; miles and miles of monolithic earthen walls to keep out invaders. Extreme structures like these required a concentration of h uman population and centralized power to make them happen. The vast majority of hum an dwellings have seamlessly ebbed and flowed from and back into the landscape over the centuries. In the last 200 years we have seen a radical transformation of human habitation, in location, building size, and material choices. Even in this era of industrialized and commodified building systems, it has been estimated that over 50% of the earth’s population still build with and reside in houses ma de of earth. (Ronald Real,Earth Architecture, 2009). From the adobe pueblos of the North Americ an Southwest to the 13-story cob towers of Yemen, people around the world inhabit earthen structures — and they’ve been doing so for thousand s of years.
Most people living in the Western World live in cities; many more will soon move to sprawling cities; and millions are experiencing the urbanization of rural areas. Most North American homes are relatively recently constructed; the materials used to build them came from the lumber yard, hardware store, or giant box store. Only a few generations ago, these homes would have been bu ilt with indigenous materials from the forest, field, or directly under foot. The curse of Western civilization is that, despite its vast quantity of available conveniences , it fosters a profound and insidious culture of disconnection. The commerciali zation of all needs has created a social architecture that divorces people from place , from planet, and from each other.
In the last 50 years there has been a resurgence of interest in rehabilitating severed connections on multiple levels — from social reconn ection (charity, co-housing, neighborhood involvement, community-creating) to ma terial reconnection with the items of daily life (where food and fuel come from, where wastes go, where building materials are sourced, and how all of the above is transported and transformed from raw materials).
The need for these types of connections drives a cu lture on a conscious and subconscious level. The empowerment and purpose som eone feels when they feel and understand the history and meaning of the materials of their daily life is profoundly different from the probable dullness and hollowness of someone’s
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