Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Chris Magwood


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  • The first book to provide complete, step-by-step instructions on using prefabricated straw bale wall panels.
  • No other resource exists for this type of straw bale construction.
  • Covers both manufactured panels and home built panels
  • Explains scenarios where prefabricated panels are most practical, provides instructions and illustrations for building panel frames.
  • This is a manual that can be used to help a builder decide if prefabricated panels are a good choice for building.
  • A complete guide for all the practical steps required to create proper drawings, source the right materials and build and install the walls correctly.
  • Includes details for walls built off-site and transported to the building site.
  • Has the potential to set world-wide precedent for working with prefabricated straw bale walls in this affordable and scalable way.


Chris Magwood:
Chris Magwood has designed and built innovative buildings in North America, including a straw bale home which became a 15 year research project into the implementation of sustainable building materials and technologies. He is a contributor to Mother Earth News, Home Power and The Last Straw Journal. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.