Let’s do it… Let’s go together… Let’s show what we are also doing in Turkey
Straw-bale buildings are existing in most of the “industrialized” countries in the world, at least where bales machines are present and where grains are cultivated. Even in some least industrialized places like mountain regions in Pakistan, some techniques were developed to allow farmers to use their straw to build their own houses. In Turkey, so far that it is known by the author, 11 building were achieved in 2012 but only 2 or 3 of them were used as a permanent house.
Most of the straw-bale building are built in Europe (especially in France and England) and in USA where the first houses were built at the end of the 19th century and the technique mostly developed. Nowadays, the oldest straw-bale houses still existing are located in Nebraska (USA) ands were built around 1900. Actually this building technique are experimenting a beautiful revival and hundreds of building of any size are built everywhere in the world, From USA to Japan, from Great-Britain to South-Africa and Australia.
The reasons of this interest are numerous, but mostly the low price of the building combined to their ecological performances and the possibility to self-built are expressed. Lot of studies were conduct in the last 25 years following the growing interest either of architects and self-builders for these structures. Throughout the literature available in different languages, it is known that these building (once properly plastered) are as resistant as conventional buildings and have a really good thermal behavior and resistance to climatic events (rains, snow, storms…) and natural disasters (earthquakes, tornadoes)