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GSBN:Tucson/Pima SB Codes
Recently submitted to CREST's Strawbale List:
[snipped & pasted]
Pima AZ code requires plastic sheeting on the first >course of bales.
But (oddly enough) (the Building Inspector) did want to >verify that we had
put the rebar pins in the walls.
As was mentioned recently to Bruce, King of Sausalito, in the development of
SB technology, SB time is like dog time, where 1 year in SB time is like 7
years Miller time (or Lowenbrau time, for the Euro-peein's).
While the Pima code *was* a giant step forward for SB w-a-a-a-y back when it
was written-up by Matts and DEsert David (what, 5 years ago ?), clearly many
of the items (like the two quoted above) seem as though they were written at
a time when SB builders were just developing opposable digits on their paws.
(I suspect that this fact has been a thorn in Matts' and DE's sides since
The thing is, while Pima Code (PC) may seem archaic to us who are Wise in
Hindsight, in many parts of the world where SBC is just entering into the
public consciousness, the PC will still be viewed as "state of the art" and
the likelihood that it will be used as an example for the codes in those
jurisdictions is, uh, likely ?
DE mentioned the other day that he would do anything to to shut me up.
Well, if that offer was sincere, he could march right on down to those Code
Boys at Pima and tell them to re-write the code to eliminate the
requirements for things like tonnes of steel rebar pounded into the core of
the bales (in favour of more materially-efficient external stabilising
systems) and vapour-impermeable sheet membranes applied beneath the SB
skins, an idea which is just plain scary.
Of course, I realise that DE is always sincere and that his other Code
Battles may prevent him from taking the time to grok with the Pima CodeBoys
again, no matter how badly he wants to shut me up.
So, I suppose the question is "Is there anyone (or group)who has stepped
into DE's shoes to update the Pima Code ?"
[starting a chant]
Has got to go !
One last word before *I* go:
Is everyone here aware of the "Casas que Cantan Music CD and Booklet" which
is being offered as a "thank you" to anyone who makes a $20 tax-deductible
donation to support the Steens' work in Xochitl Mexico ? The CD/Booklet is
nearing completion as I key and can be in your CD player in time for
Christmas (if you drop me a line requesting one or ten, of course).
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Robert W. Tom
Kanata, Ontario, Canada rw_tom@...
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