strawbale construction

Does anyone have any information on strawbale construction in the tropics? All the info I have seen pertains to dry, temperate climates. I would like to know if anyone has attempted it and how durable it is in very humid areas. Another concern is a type of termite we have that eats books. Is it possible to keep these insects from destroying rice or wheat straw? Nan Bullet Tree Falls, Belize
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I'm a building designer (among other things) in the tropics of Northern Australia, Haven't seen any straw bale construction up here. For dwellings, it would not meet the Code for termite resistance. Cyclonic design would often require 61 m/sec under limit-state method. Would need to meet requirements for water penetration. There would also be a fire resistance issue in some cases. Mud brick doesn't do well either, even though there is no shortage of 'old alluvial' clays.
The only examples I have heard of here are in temperate and alpine regions.
Termites here will have a go at anything except metals and concrete. In PNG we found a way of getting reasonable fire resistance for palm frond roofing and panels using a Dulux product, which also deterred insects and mould. That was years ago - probably been banned now.
Maybe soak the stuff in LOSP - light organic solvent preservative - mixture of Pyrethrum (sp?) and kerosene. Keeps bugs and building inspectors away. Would cost a bit, and will irritate eyes and skin.
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