The Straw-Clay Book Coming soon, the complete reference!
Lou Host-Jablonski is in the midst of writing a book on light straw-clay practice & research, techniques & tips.
left: graphic showing air-sealing detail at a plastered window-bevel
The book will focused on the new system of light straw-clay making and framing described here on StrawClay.org. We'll delve into the science, de-bunk the myths, and describe best practices for cold USA climate zones that you won't find in other books.
Some of the topics we're featuring:
Recent history of light straw-clay, including Franz Volhard's historic investigation.
Straw and clay as basic building materials, and the direction of the current research.
Loam & Clay Science: sourcing and then refining loam on-site and in real-time for higher-performing walls.
Interactive nomograph showing how to choose proportions for your raw materials and goals.
Straw: growing and selecting construction-grade straw.
Characterization of "light" vs. "heavy" clay techniques.
Straw-clay with advanced and flexible framing techniques, with details of structural, shrinkage, blocking, bracing, air-sealing, and thermal break conditions.