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This Calculator Tool is highly specific to estimating key materials for building wall systems using straw bales. It has been created for owner-builders and contractors with a good to excellent knowledge of straw bale construction.
Cement Lime Plaster assumes that your cement content is not more than 50% and lime not less than 50% sand as the aggregate. We always use Saint Lawrence Cement Mason’s High Bond Portland-Lime Type N. You can source equivalent product in your area.
Earthen Plaster assumes a plaster of approximate proportions, 25% clay, 25% sand, 25% manure or sillage and 25% chopped straw. For precise recipes, we recommend thorough research and understanding of earthen plasters, site conditions, available clay and other conditions that affect recipes.
While edge stack provides savings in the number of bales and works well for cement-lime plasters, this orientation of the bale should not be used if you are planning to use an earthen plaster.
Gable length is the distance of the bale wall from corner to corner at the base of the gable. This automatically assumes a matching, opposite gable wall and multiplies your length by two. For designs without matching gable walls at each end, some interpretation will be necessary.
We assume in these calculations that the openings are rectangular, all sides are 90 degrees to the window, using plywood to form the opening (window/door buck). If you select round, it assumes that all sides are curved to some desired radius, using diamond lathe to form the curves.
Note: The material calculator provides for some margin of error, calculating the surface/area regardless of number and size of openings.
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