Promoting the Art & Science of Straw Bale Building
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Ausbale is a group of building industry professionals, researchers, owner builders, and interested people who share our knowledge and experiences.
This website is a place to ask questions, find answers, seek inspiration, share photos, articles, advice and contribute to the growing movement towards better, smarter, ecologically sustainable, non-toxic and beautiful buildings.
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I’ve just finished baling up the house we’re building in Rylstone, NSW. The next step will be rendering.
I’ve used well-compressed rice bales and have performed rendering tests for the three coats needed, on a 2sqm test wall.
The render recipe for the three coats was: 12 parts sand; 4 parts hydrated lime; 1 part GP cement. (Coarse sand used in coats 1 and 2; fiberglass mesh applied after coat 2; and fine sand used in coat 3).
I’m happy with the tests so far (drying times and strength, no cracks). Yet I’d welcome any input/advice regarding temperature and wind conditions during render application.
From now, end of December, until mid February temperatures in Rylstone go beyond 30 C almost every day. And this summer is being unusually windy.
Hence my questions:
1 – Should I start rendering anyway or wait until February for cooler weather?
2 – Has anyone used this recipe or have any insight about it? Reputable, professional straw bale builders gave this recipe to me.
This event is facilitated by one of Australia’s leading straw-bale building experts, Frank Thomas from Strawtec, come along and gain hands-on experience raising and rendering the strawbale infill walls for this project.
For more information see:
Join us on another Viva Living Homes strawbale workshop to help build a 3 bedroom custom designed, solar passive, strawbale and earth home.
These are the skills you’ll learn: Do prep work you need to do beforehand, erect strawbale walls, tension wires which hold the bales down, brace the walls and strengthen them. How to fill the holes between straw bales. Then you’ll see how cob walls (solid earth walls like mud bricks) are made. You’ll learn what tools and materials you’ll need, how services are dealt with, how to prepare the walls for rendering. How to prepare your soil and clay before rendering. Where and why we use earth renders or lime renders. You'll see how the design of a house can save you thousands of dollars and protect the walls from the weather. Best of all you’ll work out if you’re up to building your own straw bale home. We normally have work stations so you will rotate and get experience doing all of the jobs on site.
Date - 27th March to 30th March 2014 - Thursday to Sunday. 8am to 5pm
Address - near Moss Vale NSW, Australia (address tba)
For more info and to book: http://www.123contactform.com/form-858949/Straw-Bale-Workshop-Form-Mar2014
1-3 November- Strawbale Building Course at Mudgee. From fundamentals to advanced strawbale building techniques, this 3 day course is for owner builders, builders, engineers, tradies and strawbale maniacs. Last course till Autumn 2014.
This course is a must for anyone considering building a straw bale building, either as an owner, owner-builder, or as a building professional.There is a lot of misleading advice out in the market place when it comes to straw bale as a building material and with our course, you will be able to separate the truth from fiction and build sustainable buildings that are becoming more popular as time goes on.
The course is split 50-50 between classroom learning and hands on building.
For bookings and more info www.arec.com.au
This long Weekend October 4th - 7th inclusive
All aspects of wall raising
Conducted by Pete Sim, Reliabale Constructions
No cost, meals provided, camping available
Rendering workshops to follow late Oct/early November
'Marriot Park' Gunnedah
places still available please contact Kate James on 0402 838462...
July 26th-29th - Build the Bungarribee Community Resource Hub
All hands on deck!
Come along and spend a long weekend helping to construct the Bungarribbee Community Resource Hub from straw bales ... learn as you go ... you will be building the walls under the guidance of expert straw bale builder Frank Thomas of www.strawtec.com.au
* You must be available for the whole 4 days.
* Current construction induction card (white card) is essential. Other conditions apply. Please contact Jennifer Sweeney on 9841 8662
All materials and equipment supplied including: hardhat, gloves, sunscreen, water and lunch also provided.
RSVP: 19th July firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 9841 8662...