Straw-bale Technology

In the fall of 2006, I pursued an interest in the suitability of straw-bale building envelopes for the Canadian climate. In collaboration with Luke Stern, and under the direction of Dr. Ted Kesik of the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design , I wrote two papers on the subject: Moisture Control in Stuccoed Straw-bale Building Envelopes for the Canadian Climate, and Evaluation of the Straw-bale Component of a Multi-system Building Envelope. A diagram excerpted from the latter paper is provided below.