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Paperback – 144 pages
8.5 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 415 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718432
Pub. Date: 2017-07-01

About the Author

Lydia Doleman

Lydia Doleman, a licensed 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. ft. light straw clay 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.

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Essential Light Straw Clay Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by Lydia Doleman



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. 

Distilling decades of experience, Essential Light Straw Clay Construction is the most complete book in English on the broad range of light straw clay techniques in use today. Fully illustrated, it provides step-by-step guidance 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.
This book is part of the Sustainable Building Essential Series. You can subscribe to the series here to receive sneak peeks, book excerpts and special offers. 

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