Straw Bale Construction/Characteristics


The thick walls (typically 21 to 26 inches (530 mm) when stuccoed/plastered), result in deeper window and door "reveals", similar to stone and adobe buildings. Since the bales are irregular and may be shaped easily, they are readily adaptable to curved designs, and when plastered, tend toward a relaxed, imperfect texture and shape. If flat, straight walls are desired, this can be achieved, as well, by the application of more plaster.

  1. Acoustics
  2. Insulation
  3. Thermal mass
  4. Passive solar
  5. Availability, types and cost
  6. Resistance to pests
  7. Resistance to fire
  8. Structural properties
  9. Design and construction challenges