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GSBN:Subject: Help to build the first Ukrainian straw bale house!
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- Subject: GSBN:Subject: Help to build the first Ukrainian straw bale house!
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- Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 00:26:31 EDT
I see that a few of us got this message and I just wanted to share it
with GSBN. - I have not yet responded directly to this message.
>Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 19:11:13 +0300 (EEST)
>From: "Bohdan Popov" dancho@...
>To: achp@..., john.daglish@..., blackrange@...,
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> mcormier@..., eos@..., greenfire@...,
> outonbale@..., biwb@..., sssalive@...,
>Subject: Help to build the first Ukrainian straw bale house!
>Reply-To: "Bohdan Popov" dancho@...
>My name is Bogdan Popov. I represent a Ukrainian project called Equites. .
>Equites is a network of humanitarian projects united by a common goal -
>search for the ways of harmonious co-existence of the mankind and the
>nature. One of the Equites projects, particularly, is dedicated to
>the creation of a special demonstration center in Ukraine, which
>would serve a true-to-life
>example of meeting the basic human needs (habitation, food and energy)
>without harming the environment. The project also suggests holding the
>workshops on the matter, issuing the special literature and providing the
>informational and technical assistance to those willing to use the
>environmental-friendly methods in practice.
>The Equites project meets the challenge of bringing the mentioned
>issues for consideration of the wide audience by means of the latest
>interactive mass media technologies, like live TV programs and on-line
>This summer we plan to hold an action at the Open Air Museum of Folk
>Architecture in Kiev called "A straw bale house in one day". We
>want to show the possibility of building a house very quickly using
>straw-bales as in-fill materials for the walls. This will be the
>first straw-bale structure in Ukraine and it would serve as a basis
>for further development of demonstration site in the Open Air Museum
>where we plan to present different alternative building methods
>(including passive solar design) together with other examples of
>appropriate technology and gardening. Museum of folk architecture is
>a great place for this since it is annually attended by thousands
>Of course, we will not build a real house. This is going to be a structure 5
>meters wide and 7 metros long left unplastered (or plastered later) for
>demonstration reasons. Simple gable roof. No attic and floor. Four
>windows and one door. Something which looks like a house (or at
>least causes this impression). The interior will be later used as
>an exhibition space. We will put there stands with the information
>on straw-bale technology and associated items.
>What we need now is finding the right technology for this action which will
>allow to assemble the house in one day. In our case we are making a show
>for TV and this is very essential.
>In the "Straw Bale House" book I found the information about George
>Swanson's "Whole House Truss System". It seems to me the quickest
>way to build anything. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE INFORMATION ON SIMILAR
>SYSTEMS? OR SUGGEST A DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGY BUT WHICH WOULD ALLOW US
>TO IMPLEMENT OUR GOAL - ORGANIZE A STRAW-BALE SHOW. Modified post
>and beams seem to be another option.
>How I see this action. The foundation is poured beforehand and all the parts
>(including the trusses, windows and door) premanufactured. Every part is
>numbered. We assemble and adjust everything carefully noticing how
>much time is needed for every step and then take it apart. Then the
>action itself starts. In early June morning four people of Equites
>team come to the site and quickly start to work. In case we use
>whole trusses, the team will tilt them into place, put the window an
>door boxes, lay purlins and then split into two groups. The first
>one will put the roofing (I think corrugated metal is the quickest
>way) while the other will fill the walls with straw bales. The group
>which is finishing first will come to help the other and when all
>this is done, the whole team will put the windows and doors. They
>need to finish it before sunset and when they actually do it there
>will be a night concert and light show.
>What makes a big problem here is the absence of architects who actually
>work with wooden structural frameworks (I mean trusses and stuff
>like that). I would really appreciate if somebody will send me some
>plans of whole trusses and modified post&beams. Then I can show them
>to the wood workers and order what we need for the action.
>I am trying to contact George Swanson and ask him about the details of his
>method. Does anybody know his e-mail address?
>Please, pass this letter to other straw-bale people. We need to hear
>an experienced word since this is our first straw bale house.
>Join our projects! We are open for partnership.
>Best wishes and welcome to Ukraine,
Development Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 27513
Tucson, Arizona 85726-7513 USA
(520) 798-3701 Fax
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