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-> re: Re: GSBN:List of SB testing reports
     by Andre de Bouter m.ep@...


Date: 23 Mar 2002 06:42:32 -0600
From: Andre de Bouter m.ep@...
Subject: re: Re: GSBN:List of SB testing reports

Dear Mark,

Thanks a lot for the work you put into this. And thanks to the universe for
placing you amongst the tools you needed;-)

> (Y'know, I find myself feeling more and more that none of this testing 
> stuff really matters all that much. To me, anyway.) 

I felt the same, before..... Before visiting California, and seeing the
proffesionality there. In France owner builders can build as they like (as
long as the outside looks ok). But compagnies seem to stay hesitent to pick up
SB building until they can 'hide behind' a certification. I prefer everyone to
build his/her own (sb) house, but it will take a long time before that
happens. Besides, acceptence by the 'Paris Engingeers' can also take away a
lot of fear for the future owner builder.

Thanks again,

> At 09:53 AM 3/14/02, you wrote:
> I'm trying to make a comprehensive list of all the tests that have been 
> done on SB.
> 	There happens to be a convergence of my being in the same place as my SB 
> literature stash, and having my computer with me, and there being a phone 
> line available. So I will attempt to be useful for a change. Note that this 
> isn't a comprehensive list; it's just (most if not all of) the testing 
> stuff that I've collected.
> 	(Y'know, I find myself feeling more and more that none of this testing 
> stuff really matters all that much. To me, anyway.)
> -----
> A Straw Bales/Mortar House Demonstration Project
> 1986,  by Louis Gagne
> Available from CMHC http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/
> Contains, among other things, results of a thermal-flow test that most 
> rational people seem to feel is flawed or jimmied. I'm not necessarily 
> rational, but I am skeptical of the report.
> Developing and Proof-Testing the "Prestressed Nebraska" Method for Improved 
> Production of Bale Fibre Housing
> 1995, by Fibrehouse Limited with Scanada Consultants Limited
> Available from CMHC http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/
> Some data from tests performed on the specific technique given in the title.
> Setting the Standards for Straw Bale Construction
> 1998, by ?
> Contact somebody from CASBA.
> A summary of R-Value testing, including the most recent guarded hot box 
> tests on which the California Energy Commission based its nominal R-value 
> for SB.
> Straw Bale Construction Research Project at Portland Community College
> Ongoing, by PCC Engineering Technology Students and Volunteers
> Contact Joanna Karl, jkarl@...
> Datalogging moisture levels in the walls.
> Evaluation of a Straw Bale Composite Wall
> 1998, Bale Built Inc
> Contact Joe Allen, 208-799-1285
> Lots of info on a specific technique that uses a lot of steel, the likes of 
> which I don't think has a lot to recommend it.
> Transverse Load Test and Small Scale E-119 Fire Test on Uncoated Straw Bale 
> Wall Panels and Stucco Coated Straw Bale Wall Panels
> 1993, by SHB Agra, Inc
> Contact Catherine Wanek to purchase copies
> Straw Bale Exterior Pinning Report
> Undated, by Sustainability International
> Contact Bob Bolles to purchase copies - bbolles@...
> Engineering results on a rebar-exterior-pinning system which gained 
> approval from the Tucson/Pima County building department.
> Fire Comparison Test of Straw-use Wall Systems
> 1997, by Birkani Architects
> Contact Erem Birkan to purchase copies - www.baleblock.com
> Not-particularly-scientific results of a planned fire involving a number of 
> different wall systems.
> Summary of Results of a Structural Straw Bale Testing Program Based on a 
> Master's Thesis by Ghailene Bou-Ali
> 1993, by David Eisenberg with Matts Myrhman and Judy Knox
> I think Catherine Wanek might sell these, or David Eisenberg
> The info on which was based the first SB code in the USA.
> The Thermal Insulating Value of Straw Bales for Construction
> 1993, by Joseph McCabe
> Contact Joe to purchase copies - energyi@...
> His master's thesis.
> Pilot Study of Moisture Control in Stuccoed Straw Bale Walls
> 1997, by Fibrehouse Limited
> Available from CMHC http://www.cmhc-schl
> A field examination of a number of aging Canadian strawbale structures.
> Strawbale Moisture Monitoring Report
> 1998, by Rob Jolly
> Available from CMHC http://www.cmhc-schl
> Good stuff that needs critical consideration by the reader.
> Moisture in Straw Bale Housing, Nova Scotia
> 1998, by S.H.E. Consultants
> Possibly available from CMHC http://www.cmhc-schl
> Moisture monitoring of Kim Thompson's pioneering SB house.
> Straw Bale Moisture Sensor Study
> undated, by unknown (perhaps Don Fugler himself, or Habib John Gonzalez)
> Possibly available from CMHC http://www.cmhc-schl
> Describes simple, low-cost moisture sensors for SB walls.
> Straw Bale Wall Hot Box Tests Results and Analysis
> undated, by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
> Contact ORNL http://www.ornl.gov
> Astonishingly bad R-value results revealing, among other things, that 
> having air gaps between the plaster and bales can be mighty bad.
> Bale Wall Compression Testing Program
> Jeff Ruppert was in on this; I think it's the one he referenced
> Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Straw Bales as the Relate to a Straw
> 1995, by TUNS
> I think this is one that Catherine Wanek sells
> Also see the TLS#31, the 2000 Resources issue, page 31 for additional 
> listings. (Don't even bother with looking in TLS#35, 'cause it ain't there. 
> "Updated and expanded" my ass.)
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