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Straw Bale House Survives Violent Shaking at Earthquake Lab

An abstract of a “shake table” test of earthquake resistance for houses in Pakistan with other links to new releases and the full document. It documents a seismic-testing of a structural strawbale house. Most building codes bar structural strawbale, requiring a load-bearing framework of traditional materials. This house was designed so the straw bales are structural and load-bearing components rather than just insulation as in other straw-bale designs. The results indicate that structural strawbale may actually be safer than the non structural design. This design also uses indigenous materials, reducing the footprint.

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Date Of Record Release 2010-05-11 15:48:47
Description An abstract of a “shake table” test of earthquake resistance for houses in Pakistan with other links to new releases and the full document. It documents a seismic-testing of a structural strawbale house. Most building codes bar structural strawbale, requiring a load-bearing framework of traditional materials. This house was designed so the straw bales are structural and load-bearing components rather than just insulation as in other straw-bale designs. The results indicate that structural strawbale may actually be safer than the non structural design. This design also uses indigenous materials, reducing the footprint.
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Source University of Nevada, Reno
Keyword Straw bale, Seismic
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Date Of Record Creation 2010-05-11 15:36:49
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Date Last Modified 2010-05-11 15:48:47
Creator Donovan, D.
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-05-11 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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