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Grande applause!!!


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From: "Chris Magwood" TLSEditor@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 3:15 AM
Subject: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC

> Hello all,
> I'm writing to you today with some exciting news! We are ready to
> formally announce that the OSBBC will be hosting and presenting the
> 2006 International Straw Bale Building Conference right here in
> Ontario, Canada (making it the OSBBC ISBBC!).
> The 2006 ISBBC will be a two-part event, held in Peterborough,
> Ontario (check to see if your world map is of sufficient quality to
> include Peterborough... it's between Toronto and Ottawa). The event
> will be held at Camp Kawartha, just north of the city. The camp
> recently added a large straw bale meeting hall to its facilities, and
> has a beautiful lakeside location, offering swimming,
> canoeing/kayaking and other outdoor recreation. We can also use
> facilities at Trent University and Sir Sandford Fleming College, both
> close to the camp. The camp can accomodate 150 people in beds, and is
> open to having outdoor campers as well.
> In our first planning meetings, we've sketched out a framework for
> the conference. On the weekend of September 23-24, we will present
> two days of talks and demonstrations from the best straw bale and
> natural building practicioners (ie, many of you on this list!) from
> around the world. The two days will be aimed at a general audience of
> natural building enthusiasts and owner-builders, and will allow
> people to spend time with and learn from our international guests, as
> well as our own home-grown experts. In addition, we may combine the
> event with bus tours to local bale homes as well as displays from
> businesses and services in the green building field, making it a
> great "Green Building Festival".
> The week of Sept. 25 to 30th will be the conference itself. We are
> going to focus on "Integrating Straw Bale with Other Appropriate
> Technologies". Builders, researchers and home owners will work at
> theoretical and hands-on sessions throughout the week to develop
> practical ways of making better straw bale buildings and to better
> incorporate other materials (cob, earthbag, earth brick, timber etc)
> and technologies (water and waste, renewable energy, heating and
> cooling) into bale homes. It is our hope that builders and
> researchers alike will share and learn lots during this week, and
> create important connections with other baleheads and like-minded
> folks from other fields.
> In the lead-up the conference, we will be sponsoring an international
> design competition. The winners in a number of different categories
> will be announced prior to the conference, and the winning designs
> will give us actual examples on which to focus our detailing and
> systems integration efforts during the conference. It would be our
> hope that we will find sponsors for at least some of the winning
> buildings to ensure that they do get built after the conference.
> The social committee has already been the busiest of the organizers.
> The highlight of the week from the social end will be the Straw Bale
> Olympics, featuring international teams participating in exciting
> events like the bale toss and the bale balance beam...
> The weekend after the conference (Oct. 1) would be the usual date for
> the annual OSBBC open house tour, allowing international participants
> to take part in the tour. In 2004, we had over 40 bale homes open
> across the province. We will arrange for a bus route for any
> interested guests.
> At this point, we are not yet ready to formally make a call for
> papers/presentations, but please do mark the dates on your calendars
> and be prepared for the inevitable tap on the shoulder as the date
> draws closer. Right now, the funding seems to be available from the
> provincial government to allow us to cover the conference costs and
> possibly the travel costs for presenters. More on this soon...
> I know it's two years away, but I'm already looking forward to it!
> Cheers,
> Chris
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> Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction
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