Case Studies

Straw Bale Shear Walls

Six full-scale straw-bale shear walls were constructed and tested at the Civil Engineering Research Lab (CERL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Funding for the project was secured by the Ecological Building Network from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Tides Foundation administered the project. We provided construction drawings for the six test specimens and assisted in the design of the tests.

The tests were conducted by Cale Ash as part of his Master's thesis for the University of Illinois, under the supervision of Professor Mark Aschheim, currently of the University of Santa Clara.