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Natural Materials Resource Guide CD: All about Light straw clay, wood chip and sawdust clay, plus wood, poles,logs, cordwood, timberframing, straw bale, cob adobe and other 'organic' building methods.
THIS CD has MORE THAN 3,000 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS, BOOKS, ARTICLES AND REPORTS, plus JPG and GIF images.
Light straw clay and the German method of Wood Chip Clay are not well know yet in the US.** But as more people decide to green their homes these two methods can be used to infill standard framed homes. [ I personally am using a sawdust-lime-clay mix - of my own formulation-to infill all the walls in
my work studio and sheds.] Many photos and homes using these methods are shown so you see full construction techniques.
** The small booklet "Mooseprints" put out by Robert LaPorte several years ago had a simple, yet complete "How-To" from framing and shuttering the walls, formulas for the LSC mix for infill, to making an earthen floor. It is out of print now but this CD has similar information and photos of LSC building.
Building with Wood- Poles-Logs
Most people will build a pole or timber hybrid home, and not a full log home, based on cost of logs and the lack of real insulation value. But the framing for timber and pole homes is a great start for using the natural wall infill methods such as chopped straw and woodchips or old style stone nogging.
The CD has COMPLETE BOOKS on wood building, from the Alaska Home manual to others on frame building with logs and poles. Plus there is extensive information on old world methods- Known as Fachework, and similar to Wattle and Daub, the articles teach how to use standard framing or poles, to
add lathe strips ( or bamboo or sticks) and clay/woodchip/stone ( called nogging) infill to make an insulated, burn resistant wall, that can be easily clay plastered, or coverd with drywall. By using Larsen trusses and other wide wall framing you can achieve R25 or more with natural materials. and links to thousands of websites online.
Of course I also include folders of information on papercrete, lime and natural plasters and other alternative building materials.