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RE: GSBN:SB Registry Insurance info

Perhaps a way to handle this might be to identify companies that DO want to
insure strawbale, confirm with them that they are favorable or at least have
no policy that would preclude strawbale (whether or not they currently
insure, knowingly or unknowingly, any strawbale homes), and then list them
on the site.

John Swearingen

-----Original Message-----
From: GSBN [mailto:GSBN@...]On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 11:05 PM
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Subject: GSBN:SB Registry Insurance info

Hi folks,

I'm sad to report that I've temporarily taking the list of insurance
references from the Straw Bale Registry offline.

It seems that someone used a listed home in the registry as a
reference in their attempt to get insurance with one of the larger
home insurers, State Farm.  The referenced home was insured by State
Farm, and the owners had been completely on the level with them about
the construction methods - the plans they submitted were even titled
"Straw Bale Home".

When the new application came in, State Farm took their heads out of
a certain dark place and decided to *drop* the insurance for the
referenced home.

Rumor has it that they were also planning on going through the
Registry and dropping any other bale homes that they insured.  If
you're currently covered by State Farm, I'd suggest getting your
ducks in a row to change to another insurer, just in case.

This of course is exactly the opposite effect from what we had
intended for the Registry.  I'm *quite* disappointed by this

I'll be going through the code and removing the insurance company
reference from the individual house listings next.

Should you need insurance information for your area, feel free to
contact me.  I'll be re-thinking how/whether I'll be allowing anyone
to retrieve the insurance data in the future, though we'll continue
to collect it for research and statistical purposes at the very
least. (suggestions welcome).

For those of you who are new here, the Registry
(http://sbregistry.sustainablesources.com) is an attempt to collect and
disseminate data about strawbale construction: where and when they've
been built, by whom, using what construction techniques, who has
mortgaged and insured them, what problems were encountered, and which
ones are open to having visitors.

The registry currently lists 933 bale buildings in 19 countries,
including 255 spread among 41 US states.

If you have built or designed a straw bale building, please consider
listing it, and please encourage your friends in straw buildings to
do the same.

Bill Christensen

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