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Table 1

Summary of measured R and C-values of plastered straw bale walls.

Study Procedure Wall thickness [m] Orientation of fibres C-value [W/ m2K] Comments
Watts (1995) Heat flow monitoring 0.467 Parallel 0.2
Christian (1996) Guarded hot box, full wall, to ASTM C236 0.47 Parallel 0.33 Deficiencies on the sample have been noted. The test was conducted again in 1998
Stone (1997) Guarded hot box, full wall, to ASTM C236 n/a Perpendicular 0.172 Not reliable results: the test was stuffed with loose straw to cover gaps and the was performed before the plaster completely dried off
    0.584 Parallel 0.218  
Christian (1998) Guarded hot box, full wall, to ASTM C236 0.483 Parallel 0.206
Wimmer (2000) n/a 0.42 n/a 0.12 Method and fibres orientation in unknown
Andersen (2001) Hot box, full wall, to ISO 8990 0.461 Parallel 0.203 Problems occurred during the tests. Values cannot be reliable
    0.417 Perpendicular 0.196  

Adapted from [1], [2] and [11].

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