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GSBN:A couple thoughts, a bit of news
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- Subject: GSBN:A couple thoughts, a bit of news
- From: Mark Piepkorn duckchow@...
- Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 13:22:26 -0500
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<x-flowed iso-8859-1> First (responding to an email that I don't think was intended to
have been posted to the entire list), I think there's just as much of a
responsibility for the old folks of SB to get to know the new ones as vice
versa. Entire societies crumble and are reborn because the old guard
becomes insulated, unaware of what powerful changes the young'ns are up to.
In my most jaded moments I'd say that it's human nature not to
learn from the past - much to the detriment of humans and everything around
them. This is as much a statement about "new" people as "old" ones, in
strawbale or anything else.
On a similar note, there are some just plain bad listings in the
most recent TLS Resources issue. A particularly egregious example is the
CEDN planbook, which has been cited here twice in as many days. This
planbook has not been available for three years. Because I felt it was a
ridiculous to include resources that were no longer available, I deleted
the listing during my editorship at TLS. I have no idea how or why it
That said, I agree with Catherine's assessment of what it was. Her
statement that the designs were "mid-west in character" brought to mind yet
another terrific article from TLS past (#13, Winter 1996), this one penned
by Paul Lacinski, co-author of the book Serious Strawbale, with Amy
Klippenstein, titled "Regional Identity: Questions for the Nebraska-Style
House." The article can be found online, for the time being, at
From: Mikael Westermarck Mikael.Westermarck@...
Subject: Clarification on SB structures is published
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Dear friends and colleagues,
We have now finished a clarification on straw bales as a construction
material in the wooden buildings of farms. The report in Finnish is
published in our web site
http://www.hut.fi/Yksikot/LRT/Olkipaalirakentaminen and can be downloaded
without charge. In case your studies in Finnish language are not so far yet
you can still exploit the structural design part of the publication which
is illustrated with several drawings. The project was carried out mostly as
an international clarification and no new tests were done in the project.
However we made some calculations about the condensation of water vapour in
different circumstances and the result was that in our climate which is
very humid there should be used some kind a water vapour barrier (minimum
of 40x109 m2 s Pa/kg) in the animal houses. The structures of residential
houses however can desorb the amount of water during the warm period that
is adsorbed during the cold period. There are two follow up measurements of
RH inside the bale structures going on in Finland but unfortunately the
results were not yet ready to be reported in this publication.
We want to send especial thanks for following people for providing us
important material for this clarification:
· Markus Piringer, GLOBAL 2000, Austria
· Hannes Hohensinner, Gruppe Angepasste Technologie / Technische
Universität Wien, Austria
· Rob Jolly, Department of Civil Engineering and School of Architecture,
University of Waterloo, Canada
· John Straube, Canada
Please feel free to pass this information to anybody who might have use of it.
Tel. +358-(0)40-7364277, Fax. +358-(0)9-43982857