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well some are trying to do the weird green thing.  check out http://www.strawbuilding.org/ that is the California Straw Building Association CASBA -- yes walls made of strawbales in high seismic zones (tax credit for using straw too!)  a few years ago they got money from the state to do a structural testing program on strawbale walls and shear walls (testing research papers at http://www.ecobuildnetwork.org/).  the result is a new book by Bruce King titled Design of Strawbale Buildings (the nerdest strawbale book ever)  they did a full scale test of a plastered strawbale wall (got about 610 plf  as a design value) (they also passed a 2-hour ASTM fire test). CASBA also has a draft appendix for strawbale construction before the California Building Standards Commission.
 
I have designed quite a few strawbale buildings. anyway check out the resource list from the CASBA website for engineers and firms that are building with straw and thinking of the world in a different way.
 
wow ! !  it looks like I over spent my $0.02
 
Tim Rudolph PE
writing this from my strawbale home/office -with 24" thick walls @ R30 walls & R50 attic insulation
Pinyon Engineering
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Bishop CA 93514
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