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Re: Straw House structural values

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I recall an incident involving a straw house, three pigs and a wolf.  Make
sure that the house is designed for unusual wind loads.  :)

Rick Drake, SE
Fluor Daniel, Aliso Viejo, CA


                    "Glenn Otto"                                                                                   
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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

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