On October 3, 2013 the International Code Council (ICC) approved final action RB473-13 as a new Appendix R in the upcoming 2015 version of the International Residential Code (IRC).
The approval marks the latest advance of straw bale construction in the building codes and permitting process. It is the highest approval to be granted for the construction method and will be adopted by thousands of jurisdictions around the United States in and after 2015.
The process of creating the IRC appendix was spearheaded by Martin Hammer of Builders Without Borders representing the California Straw Building Association, the Colorado Straw Bale Association, the Straw Bale Construction Association –New Mexico, the Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition, the Development Center for Appropriate Technology and the Ecological Building Network.
Thousands of hours of work have been donated by Martin and various individuals within the straw bale construction community to make this milestone a reality. We thank all of them for their hard work and look forward to even more widespread acceptance of straw bale building in the construction trades.
For details and a link to a copy of the appendix, visit TheLastStraw.org. A huge thanks to the hard-working bale heads that spent years making this happen!
Our lighting section just got a major overhaul, courtesy of meticulous researcher Paul Robbins of the Austin Environmental Directory.
Paul sifted through a lot of material and presents a coherent and understandable overview of the differences between incandescent, fluorescent, CFL, and LED lights. He answers (with numbers to back it up) some of the common . . . → Read More: Lighting section re-do
I’ve been following posts from National Geographic journalist Paul Salopek as he walks the path of humans out of Africa, across Asia, over to Alaska, and down to Tierra Del Fuego – a journey that’s expected to take 7 years. So far it’s been a facinating read.
I got a kick out of one of . . . → Read More: The Solar Camel
This one speaks for itself. The LandFillharmonic.
Ecosa Institute will award several scholarships for the Fall 2013 term. These scholarships are funded by Ecosa donor Foster Stanback. Scholarships will range from $1500-$3000, bringing the total cost of tuition to as low as $3000 (currently $6000 before scholarship is applied).
Full details at http://ecosainstitute.org/blog/?p=2444
Do you know a Veteran or are you a Veteran yourself? Good news! Solar Energy International is offering 100% tuition assistance and career training in partnership with SEI’s Veterans and Active Duty Training Outreach Program and the Colorado Department of Labor.
In 2013, Solar Energy International’s (SEI) full certificate training program, the SEI Solar Professionals . . . → Read More: 100% Tuition Assistance for Veterans Solar and Renewable Energy Career Training!
We’re excited to announce that version 4 of our long running Green Building Professionals Directory is now live!
Right now we’re running a limited time promotion to get new listings in our Directory – you can list yourself/your company for a year for just $3.00 per category!
That’s right. THREE BUCKS.
We’ve added some great . . . → Read More: Version 4 of the Green Building Professionals Directory is here!
The 2012 International Straw Bale Builders’ Conference hosted by the Colorado Straw Bale Association was a gathering of over 200 builders, architects, engineers, plaster professionals, researchers and educators from 15 countries. While much was serious exchange, the Straw Bale Olympics was great counterpoint and so much fun. See more at www.strawbaleconference.com and www.coloradostrawbale.org.
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Did you know that the early registration deadline for the 2012 International Straw Builders’ Conference is only a few days away! The conference itself runs from Sept 16-22, 2012.
It’s not too late for EARLY registration for the 2012 International Straw Bale Building Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. EARLY registration ends July 16th July 31st . . . → Read More: International Straw Bale Conference in Colorado, September 2012
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