Code-approved Strawbale Building Systems

Code-approved post and beam strawbale house. Note tarpaper on wood frame.
Code-approved post and beam strawbale house. Note tarpaper on wood frame.

“The current code approved method for straw bale construction that can resist wind and seismic forces is not shown in the International Residential Code, IRC or the International Building Code, IBC.

However, it is shown as an appendix to some state residential code such as Oregon Residential code, appendix R, Straw-Bale Construction. The provision of this appendix is applicable to single family detached structures and related accessory structures as defined in Section R101.2, utilizing straw-bales in the construction of wall systems. So, if someone wants to build a straw bale home without the need to hire a licensed Engineer or Architect, he/she will need to check with their local building department to see if they have adopted the appendix.

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Black Ankle Vineyards Tasting Room

The Black Ankle Vineyards tasting room is made of straw bales, wood, stone and clay.
The Black Ankle Vineyards tasting room is made of straw bales, wood, stone and clay.

“Our tasting room, which can accommodate 100 people, features sweeping views of the vineyards and was built using a multitude of materials grown or gathered on the farm, including wood, stone, straw, and clay.

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