Tuesday, November 30, 1999 5:01:59 PM
From: GSBN@...,Txinfinet Incoming
Subject: Digest for 11/30/99
-> GSBN: homeowners voice
by "Martin Oehlmann" <martin.oehlmann@...>


Date: 30 Nov 1999 08:31:31 -0600
From: "Martin Oehlmann" <martin.oehlmann@...>
Subject: GSBN: homeowners voice


How to encourage homeowners strengthening the sb-revival.

Some seem to find themselves represented in existing orgs and others not.
They might just not realize opportunities of being active in many ways
within existing organisations.

I understand there might be a need for a focus.

A special homeowners page/column in TLS and internet could voice the
connectedness in the revival, inviting for tours, meetings, actions, funding

That connectedness might be the keyword in this discussion as homeowners
choose for straw-bale buildings at one point. And later some of them might
feel some distance to the transforming construction/development crews.

Bill, can you share more of your awareness of a not yet recognized group of
"unheard homeowners"?

Best wishes from the low countries, Martin

PS: Just planning a straw-bale building 4.5 m below sea level - in the
polder - more about it when we've got green light -. ... Enlightment flash:
I didn't imagine this plan yet as an embryo of a special under sea-level
homeowner group)!

- -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: (email address removed)<billc@...>
Aan: (email address removed)<GSBN@...>
Datum: maandag 22 november 1999 6:53
Onderwerp: GSBN: Is it time?

>Hi GSBN folks,
>There's something that's been mulling around in my mind lately, and I think
>the time might be right.
>We've collectively spent a lot of time building, changing building codes,
>teaching others, etc etc. Now many SB homes have been built all over the
>world - over 50 right here in the Austin area, and I know other areas that
>have good numbers too.
>Is it time to form an International Straw Bale Homeowners Association?
>Collective clout can have effects on things like
> The mortgage industry's acceptance
> Building officials/codes
> The insurance industry
> Research
> Public awareness
> etc
>Potential advantages to the homeowner:
> a communication vehicle regarding mortgages and insurance issues/rates
> ...(help me out here. it's late and the brain's getting tired)
>A modest fee ($50/year?) from even half the existing SB homeowners would
>probably amount to a pretty decent amount of money. Of course you wouldn't
>have to be an owner at present to be a member - you could be a future
>homeowner. We'd want to be able to list enough benefits for the homeowners
>to be motivated to kick in their hard earned bucks.
>Presently the domain name strawbalehomeowners.org is available. It costs
>$70 to grab it. We'll be happy to host it here, of course. We'll need
>someone to be the official contact address/phone etc, to collect the dues,
>keep the records, etc.
>I think GSBN could act as the advisory board.
>Lots of other technical details to work out, but first, what does everyone
>here think of the idea?
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