Rose Gardener wrote:What if this steel and bale would to be used in extreme hot and dry climate say Arizona desert? Where the steel frame will be hotter than the surrounding straw bale during the day time but colder than SB at night? With overall low humidity, would SB do well?
Bill Bradbury wrote:Hello Rose,
I built a 60'x100' steel structure like this with my dad 20 years ago for an indoor riding arena (my parents raise and train Paso Finos) and after that all of their friends wanted me to build similar barns for them. I found that I could build a pole barn with wood posts and "LVL" beams, through bolted together for less than just the price of the steel kit. Once the poles are set, a structure like this goes together in a weekend.
Also it is much easier to facilitate the tie-in of the bale infill with a wooden frame.
So, as long as cement doesn't touch metal and metal doesn't touch fiber with wood as the chaperone can they still be friends?
What's the optimum straw for SB building? Rice etc?
Compressed SB, any particular compression or method are more desirable?
What's the optimum moisture in SB?and how could one ensure all bales are the same?
4. Wrapping material:
I assume we need some sort of metal wire or mesh wrap to prevent rodents. Multiple layers of small hole mesh or a mix of some sort? Mesh for both inside and outside?
How does one prevent that? Ants would be too small for mesh to handle.
6. Electric wiring:
Conduit or romex? As wires heats up some under load, any worries?
7. Water pipes:
Can one run them inside the SB? Even insulated pipe would introduce some temperature issue and condensation, right?
Why can't the SBs sit on concrete foundation, raised perimeter or slab?
Can one build SB home in a Santa Fe style ie no eave?
10. Internal walls:
Any reason to or not to use SB for internal walls?
11. Air quality, any pros and cons?
24. Wall thickness
SBs are 16"x24" footprint, aren't they? Any reason to go for a 24" thick wall vs 16" other than additional R value?
For SB homes with a pitch roof to meet modern insulation code, what would be the most workable insulation? What about a flat or minimum pitch roof in case of hot climate?
26. Any tie downs or some sort be necessary between the SBs and wood post/beam structure? or just stack SBs between the posts?
instead of just stacking large bales.