Strawbale Homes: Load Bearing vs Post and Beam

What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of building either a Load Bearing, or a Post and Beam Strawbale Home? As far as I understand it is generally easier to get Post and Beam homes approved because most people who approve building codes are more used to approving Post and Beam structures. However, this may have more to do with doing what they’re used to as opposed to how structurally sound both constructions can be.

Post and lintel, or in contemporary usage Post and beam, is a simple construction method using a lintel, header, or architrave as the horizontal member over a building void supported at its ends by two vertical columns, pillars, or posts. This architectural system and building method has been commonly used for centuries to support the weight of the structure located above the openings created by windows and doors in a bearing wall.

A load-bearing wall (or bearing wall) is a wall that bears a load resting upon it by conducting its weight to a foundation structure. The materials most often used to construct load-bearing walls in large buildings are concrete, block, or brick.

By contrast, a curtain wall provides no significant structural support beyond what is necessary to bear its own materials or conduct such loads to a load-bearing wall.


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