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Classic back issues of The Last Straw Journal 

The International Journal of Straw Bale and Natural Building

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Each issue offers 40 pages of construction insights and hindsights from professionals and owner-builders worldwide, plus reviews and resources without advertising. (To Subscribe Visit www.thelaststraw.org)


TLS#14 – Straw-bale Codes and Testing – Code Officials Speak; Codes Comparison; Research & Testing; Moisture Monitoring; Concrete Bond Beams, etc.

TLS#24 – Straw-bale Code & Testing Update – The International Code; Structural Test Results; SB Arch Test; Basement Bale Walls; Fuel-use Report; SB in Australia & NZ; Tech tips, etc.

TLS#25 – Straw-bale Wall 
Systems – Load-bearing Hybrid; Modified Post & Beam; Box-Columns and Beams; Owner-builder Kit; Pre-fab Steel Framing; A Simple Rough Buck; Earth-bags and Bales; Seismic Testing Program, etc.

TLS#31 – Lessons Learned – Pre-construction Planning, Hiring a Builder; SB Financing & Insuring; Don’t Add Water; Insects in SB Structures; SB Compression Testing; SB Fire Testing; Staining Concrete Floors; Human Resource List and SB Resources, etc.

TLS#32 – Cold Climate Comfort – Designing for Cold Climates; Good Detailing; SB & Rastra; The SB Slab; Cold Climate Cob; Cordwood; Earthberming & Masonry Stoves; Warm Floor Heating; A SB Hot Tub, etc.

TLS#33 – Plasters – Function of Finished; Designing for Earth Plasters, Mysteries of Mud Revealed; Plaster Permeability Testing; Window Detailing for Plasters; Carbide Lime; Pumping Cement Stucco; Earth-cement Plaster; Gypsum Plaster on SB, etc.

TLS#34 – Good Details – SB - A Stressed-Skin Panel; Self-Draining, Rammed Tire & Pier Foundations; Keeping SB Walls Dry; SB Detailing for Wet Climates; Simple Pre-compression; Nailers; Mechanizing Straw-Clay; Organizing Wall Raisings; CASBA Tech Tips; etc.

TLS#35 – Building Community – Cohousing; Ecovillages; Creating Sustainable Suburbs; Community Greenbuilding Policy; Communities Where you can Learn; Community Profiles & Resources; 2001 Human Resource List and Natural Building Resources, etc.

TLS#36 – Solar Solutions – Passive Solar Design & Heating; Integrated Design; Thermal Mass Applications; Earthships; Passive Solar Resources; Passive Cooling; Solar Roof Design; Backup Heating Systems; Masonry Heaters, Shopping for Windows, etc.

TLS#37 – Going Commercial – U.S. Straw-bale Buildings Open to the Public; SB Spec Homes; Mainstreaming in the U.K.; SB Growth in China; Producing Bales; SB Wineries in California & Australia; International SB Registry, Building a Sustainable Practice; etc.

TLS#38 – Foundations and Roofs – Low-cost, Low Concrete Foundations; Frost-protected Shallow Foundations; A Helical Pier Foundation; Primer on Roof Trusses; Straw Bales in the Ceiling – Pro & Con; Trusses from Shipping Pallets; Thatch, etc.

TLS#39 – Strawbale and Education / SB Resources 2002 – Lessons in teaching natural building to youth, Home-made plaster sprayer, SB Human, Bale and Book Resources.

TLS #40 – Red Tape Issue – TLS Turns Ten!, Defending Load-bearing Construction, Insurance, Codes, Financing, Documentation, Breaking Down Barriers, An Infrared Look at Bale Walls, Projects, etc.. 

A link of interest for straw bale readers is how to have healthy children naturally. A look at preconception, pregnancy, birth and parenting.


TLS #43 – A Case for Clay – The Why and How of Earthen Plasters, Soil Science, Decorative Plastering, Lime-Clay How-to, Plus Testing Results, Recipes, Projects, Resources, etc..

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