Date: 13 Apr 1999 02:20:22 -0500
From: Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>
Subject: Help for Osh, Kyrgyzstan?
From: Richard Tracy <mciosh@...>
Greetings to all of you out there in Strawbale land!
My name is Richard Tracy and I am the Southern Regional Manager for Mercy
Corps International in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. For those of you know where
Kyrgyzstan is, may your bales of straw forever be strong and dry.
For those of you who don't, well, you are not alone! If you want to know,
just find India on a world map. Head north to Pakistan, then Afghanistan
(your getting the picture now) and you magically enter the land of the
"Stans". K-stan is a struggling Central Asian republic with beautiful
mountains, poor people and a corrupt government.
So why the geography lesson?
I joined you group in order to learn more about strawbale greenhouses. It
is our goal here to try to get the poor people of K-stan less dependent on
the government budget (and foreign aid, too) and onto providing for
themselves. A greenhouse that is low cost, low maintenance and productive
could have a positive impact.
However, I am not sure if I am in the right location because while I have
been "lurking" the discussion seems to revolve around houses and rather
advanced topics of which plaster to use. Unfortunately, this stuff is way
over my head and at this point, not the information I need.
Thus I put my questions to you in plain and simple manner:
1) Am I in the right place to learn about Strawbale Greenhouses?
2) If the answer to #1 is yes, please help me with designs and suggestions.
3) If the answer to #1 is no, please help me to find the appropriate web
Thanks for your help in advance and I look forward to getting any and all
Richard E. Tracy
Southern Regional Manager
Mercy Corps International
333 Lenin Street
Osh, Kyrgyzstan 714000
Phone/Fax: (3222) 5 54 86
5 69 51
Date: 13 Apr 1999 02:31:45 -0500
From: Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>
Subject: SB at Expo 2000 in Hannover
From: "Karlene" <bellstudio@...>
Subject: Green Worlds fair 2000 -
Hi baleheads and Green people-
I just got the May issue of House Beautiful Magazine, which has an article
on page 128 entitled "- Wines Country ----Visionary architect James Wines
is planning the US.Pavilion for Expo 2000 as a stunning showcase of green
technology. " The expo is in Hannover, Germany - June 1 through October
"expected to be the largest world's fair in history ... also the first one
committed to green design." "American Architect William McDonough,
among the globe's leading experts in environmental building technologies,
wrote the guidelines for architects involved. ...... the $l8 million US
Complex will demonstrate mud-brick and straw-bale construction and roofing
features like photovoltaic units. There will be working exhibits of
windmills, sulfur lamps..., thermal glass, and NASA's digital light
boxes(designed to last years in space)." Also mentions a nontoxic house,
Green roofing, Green cars, paving....etc.
And all this in "House Beautiful"!
Date: 13 Apr 1999 16:05:02 -0500
From: "Pamela Wadsworth Goode" <wadsgood@...>
Subject: Change of guard
Hello and Good bye,
Pam Goode from CASBA here,
I have not been very vocal, but I have enjoyed listening in the background.
Maury Bennett will take over my place as the new Director of CASBA. He
should be added to the list and me taken off. His email is
(email address removed)
A little bit of CASBA news...
Kelly Lerner and I were up till 1am with Marcus Hardwick and Dan Smith last
night, compiling the "California Building Officials' Guide to Straw-Bale
Construction". We have version 1.1 ready for the California Building
Officials meeting at the end of the month. We do not know how we will
sell these binders full of the current testing and s-b information to other
interested folks. We will let you know when we work out a way to
distribute them. We would be interested to hear how other volunteer
organizations sell materials without overworking their volunteer's. The
completion of this Guide is the final project Kelly and I will complete as
Co-directors, as she heads for Argentina and I head for my drafting table.
I enjoyed meeting you all at the meeting last month,
P.S. I sent the paper work today for CASBA's $50 payment to Sustainable
Sources in Austin. Let me know asap if this is incorrect. thanks.
Pam Wadsworth Goode
3750 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Date: 13 Apr 1999 17:31:31 -0500
From: the black range <blackrange@...>
Subject: Hello from Lois Nicolai, USA
Yesterday I got a call from Lois asking for her help to organize a
rebuilding of Kosovo (after the war ends!) with straw bales, and since she
will be in the Hague in a couple weeks, I gave her email for Martin & Rene
(and Evegeny) as European contacts, & Kelly Lerner for her technology
transfer experience. I was planning to write a short post to inform the
rest of the GSBN about this idea, but Lois's (excerpted) post following
tells the tale. We will be kept informed on the progress, and I'm sure all
volunteers will be welcome. It would be a very high-profile straw-bale
project, to say the least... Catherine
>Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 11:19:42 EDT
>Subject: Hello from Lois Nicolai, USA
>To: martin.Oehlmann@..., rened@...
>CC: stuurmn@..., A.Malten@..., blackrange@...,
> LB457@..., options@...
>X-Mailer: AOL 3.0 for Windows 95 sub 18
>Tuesday, April 13, 1999
>To: Martin Oehlmann, The Hague, Netherlands: E-Mail: martin.Oehlmann@...
> Rene Dalmeijer, Zoetermeer, Netherlands: E-Mail: (email address removed)
>CC: Frits Stuurman, Den Dolder, Netherlands: E-Mail: stuurmn@...
> Ak Malten, The Hague, Netherlands: E-Mail:
> Catherine Wanek, New Mexico, USA: E-Mail:
> Larry Auld, Lifebridge Foundation, USA: E-Mail: (email address removed)
> Kelly Learner E-Mail:
>(email address removed)
>From: Lois Nicolai, Princeton, New Jersey, USA E-Mail: (email address removed)
>RE: THE STRAW BALE PROJECT:
>Dear Rene and Martin,
>My name is Lois Nicolai and I live in New Jersey. I am President of a
>citizen diplomacy organization called World Citizen Diplomats. I met
>Catherine Wanek from New Mexico last month at a Lifebridge Foundation
>Gathering. She showed her video, THE STRAW BALE SOLUTION, and it impressed
>me very much. However, I had no idea what a real impact that video would
>have on me until I arrived back home and spent the next couple of weeks
>watching the news with all the tales of horror in Kosovo.
>I must limit the length of this letter, or I could write for hours to catch
>you up on everything. Therefore, I will only give you a highlight right now.
>We are coming to The Hague in three weeks. We will arrive on Monday, May
>3rd, for two weeks. We will attend and participate in The Hague Appeal for
>Peace, a conference you probably have heard about. The dates of the
>conference are May 11-15th. There will be more than 4,000 people there from
>every corner of the world. Our organization alone has many members
>from many countries. We will hold a forum during the conference, being held
>on Thursday morning, May 13th, from 9am-1pm. We have invited many people to
>participate in our forum, and we already have more than 20 speakers. What
>are doing is letting all those we have met who are doing wonderful work in
>the world to have a chance to highlight their work at our forum - in hopes
>will help open dialogue for them with others interested in their theme.
>Unfortunately, we were only given one quarter of the time we requested for
>our forum. We understand there is such an interest that many people have
>received any time at all for a forum, so we must be happy that we did
>register early enough to have been given at least two sessions. Somehow we
>must "make lemonade out of lemons", as my mother always said!
>Therefore, our forum will be on May 13th from 9am-1pm. We would like to
>if one of you will speak for approximately 5 minutes about what the Straw
>Bale building projects are all about. Either of you are welcome to fill this
>spot on our speakers list, although I must be honest in telling you that we
>are a few ladies short. We always try to have equal representation at our
>panel presentations, and we must always search for enough women. However,
>either of you would be wonderful.
>This is why I would like you to speak. We wish to schedule a new meeting
>Saturday afternoon or evening, May 15th, somewhere in the town of The
>wish to show THE STRAW BALE SOLUTION, and recruit people to help with the
>project. I have no idea if there will be 10 or 100 or 1000 people who will
>be available to attend, but I am certain people will be interested! During
>your 5-minute speech you could end by inviting the audience to attend our
>Our World Citizen Diplomats (WCD) organization met last Sunday and we have
>decided to coordinate and facilitate a "Citizens Building Brigade" to go
>Kosovo and help the citizens rebuild their towns. Of course this will not
>until the NATO forces are finished and have gone in to de-mine the area and
>are ready to allow us to rebuild. We wish to build with the Straw Bale
>concept! We will start to write to various institutions to try to raise the
>money for this project. I am aware all the NATO countries are interested in
>the rebuilding of Kosovo, so we will work on our own USA government for
>We do have a Peace 2000 Caravan scheduled for this fall from Sept. 6 - Jan.
>6th. We have decided to try to initiate this building project from now
>October, and reschedule our caravan from Nov. 1st until Jan. 6th. It will
>cut our caravan short, but we feel rebuilding the towns for the Kosovo
>citizens is the most important project we could possibly do at the moment. I
>wouldn't think we could build in the winter, so we will plan to go back
>next Spring and continue the building project.
>Many of our WCD members, myself included, have made trips into
>Bosnia-Herzagovena in 1997 and 1998 to help supervise the elections, so we
>are somewhat aware of the area close to Kosovo. However, we have never
>building program before, and we need all the help we can get from people
>you. We have the resource of hundreds of people from all over the world
>we have met personally in the past seven years. I am certain many of them
>will volunteer time to come at their own expense and help with the building
>Will you be willing to help us with this project?
>If you cannot help, will you lead us to those who can help?
>We look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.
>Warm Regards in Peace and Friendship,
>Lois Ann Nicolai
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