Reflections on building the world’s first Miscanthus bale house
Low Carbon Manager, Dr Judith Thornton, has been reflecting on using Miscanthus as an alternative to the more traditional wheat or barley straw as a building material. The Miscanthus bales were generally simple to work with, being easy to cut to size and straighten, but because of its stiffer stem, Miscanthus did not really prove suitable for stuffing into gaps. However the plant is more durable with a lower moisture content, and therefore less susceptible to biodegredation, and as such is proving a viable alternative for strawbuild projects.
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