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I am designing a house made out of straw.  I was wondering if ICBO has done any testing on these structures. What kind of clay is best to use?  Is there a minimum amount of straw required?  What kind of diaphragm shear values are obtainable?  I was thinking of using clay for the foundation but then I thought sand might have better drainage properties.  What kind of waterproofing and fireproofing is good?  The fee is real small on this one, so I don’t want to spend too much time on calcs.




Glenn C. Otto, PE


Virginia Beach, VA