September 17 2007

Friends Community School goes Straw-bale!

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The College Park Friends Community School, College Park Maryland, is set to open a new eco-friendly school building which uses straw-bale construction.  The school is sized for about 165 students at 27,000 sf and the total budget is estimated to be $5.7 million. 

Straw-bale construction uses a mixture of straw and earthen material to create a highly insulated building envelope.  Straw-bales are good load bearing elements, and once they are covered in plaster, they are durable against rain, fire, insects and wind.  The biggest danger in straw-bale construction is generally moisture as it can degrade the walls quickly if not drained.

Straw-bale is a fascinating technology that Greenline will explore more in the future.

Here is a link to the original article.

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