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-> [Fwd: From Poilitecnico di Milano (Italia)]
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Date: 15 Sep 1999 05:14:28 -0500
From: Huff and Puff Constructions <huffnpuff@...>
Subject: [Fwd: From Poilitecnico di Milano (Italia)]


G'Day

Just passing through, can anyone help Alessandra? Or know of any
Italian work being done?

Regards The Straw wolf



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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a student af architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. I have =
chosen to do my thesis with the technical research group of the Faculty =
of Archicture (Department DITEC: Prof. Guido Nardi, Prof. Andrea =
Campioli, Prof. Anna Mangiarotti, Prof. Andrea Nastri) with regards the =
following topic:


"Green Studies: the frontiers for the use of straw in the production of =
houses in cereal fibers and compressed straw panels".


I decided on this title having studied a thesis on "Cultura Materiale in =
Texas" written by the architect Simona Scita which I found very =
interesting.


I am presently researching the subject, looking for any material in =
relation to it: the names of books, technical information from =
producers, historical references, examples and prototypes.


For my research it is necessary for me to cover the whole subject in =
general; later on I plan to visit manufactures and analyse existing =
projects.


Any information you can send me on this subject would be greatfully =
received.


If, to send me material, you need more information about my studies I =
will be glad to send to it.


Yours faithfully,

Alessandra Magri

Via G. Pedone 1

26100 Cremona

ITALIA

E-mail: afmagri@...


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producers, historical references, examples and prototypes.</P>
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whole=20
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<P align=3Djustify>Yours faithfully,</P>
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<P align=3Djustify><FONT color=3D#000000>26100 Cremona</FONT></P>
<P align=3Djustify><FONT color=3D#000000>ITALIA</FONT></P>
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Date: 15 Sep 1999 16:26:46 -0500
From: Huff and Puff Constructions <huffnpuff@...>
Subject: Moisture Some Observations Longish

G'Day Fellow Balers

We recently built a large workshop/office/ammenities building for the
Tilligerry Habitat at Port Stephens one hour north of Newcastle in New
South Wales. The Architect presented a good laod bearing design some
24 m x 8 m. The workshop was set and we had a heap of people who are
on a work for the dole scheme.

The Tilligerry Habitat look after Koala bears fauna and birdlife etc.
This building is a prelude to their information centre. So you get the
picture. Anyhow we had torrential rain at the start, during the wall
raising and for three weeks after or so it seemed. It was a nightmare
however we kept it covered as best as we could.

The roof did not get on until the third week of constant rain. I
believe we could have meausured it in feet and not inches. The reason
for this post; day before yesterday I received a concerned call from the
president of the Habitat and that she had been looking for me!

After the stern call, I got on me horse amd did some low flying some
900ks. I would like to report my findings. We had a lot of rain on a
partially covered load bearing straw bale building. The Habitat
personell had identified 16 wet spots and these were being monitored
with a moisture meter. After six weeks since the roof went on these wet
areas are starting to dry out.

The problem was one of water tracking down and in large volumes however
the result is amazing most of the wet spots are now coming back to
normal with three exceptions. My questions to the list:

1. Will wet straw that dries out be subject to dry rot and will it
spread? My observation is that there will be no problems with dry rot
(question asked by client).

2. Both sides are not rendered so it would be easy to replace the wet
biscuits before render is applied. Would you replace the biscuits or
let it continue to dry out? Weather hotting up we are having a
beautiful spring.

3. Would the Rob Jolly and Don Fugler moisture probes be a good idea
for long term monitoring? This is a high rainfall high humidity area of
our great country.

Finally, I have been extremely worried as I felt all along that this
building should have been bale-in-fill. Having seen the results of
three weeks of rain on the bales I am super impressed with the way the
bales have behaved.

My advice to the client was:

a. To continue monitoring for four weeks.
b. Ask Rob Jolly to sell us some moisture probes.
c. Remove the wet biscuits and replace with dry straw.
d. Complete the render both inside and out.
e. Have faith in the straw bales.

Just for the record they still want to build the information centre from
straw bales.

Anyway off to The Conargo Pub in the outback, life is busy.

Regards The Straw Wolf
http://strawbale.archinet.com.au

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Date: 15 Sep 1999 22:40:09 -0500
From: the black range <blackrange@...>
Subject: SB in Austria

At 10:33 PM 9/15/99 +0200, you wrote:
>Herbert would be useful to add to the list. I have added him to my SB
>Co-conspirators database too.... >Rene Dalmeijer

I have heard back from Herbert, who is interested to join the GSBN list.
He's also just gotten married and is moving to the country. We will hear
from him with his new address, once the dust has settled...
I'm glad to get this good feedback from those who know him.


























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Best Regards,
Catherine

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