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-> Re: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC
     by "Martin Oehlmann" martin.oehlmann@...
-> Re: GSBN:Interesting test results
     by "Martin Oehlmann" martin.oehlmann@...
-> Re: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC
     by "chris newton" chris@...
-> Re: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC
     by Judyknox42@...
-> Strawbale Car???
     by Derek Roff derek@...


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Date: 9 Dec 2004 02:12:12 -0600
From: "Martin Oehlmann" martin.oehlmann@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC

Grande applause!!!

Martin


- ----- Original Message -----
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
> --
>
>
> ***************************
>
> Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction
> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawhomes.ca";>http://www.strawhomes.ca</a>
>
> Interested in bale building? Have you subscribed to
> The Last Straw Journal?
> You should!
>   <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.thelaststraw.org";>http://www.thelaststraw.org</a>
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Date: 9 Dec 2004 02:19:07 -0600
From: "Martin Oehlmann" martin.oehlmann@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Interesting test results

Hi,

for lime one layer should not exceed more than 10 mm due to moisture
protection, so building up thickness traditionally is done in layers
(normally 3). Does this team is confirming this tradition?

Martin


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Magwood" TLSEditor@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 1:35 AM
Subject: GSBN:Interesting test results


> Hello all,
>
> I was just giving a talk for the Engineering Department at Queen's
> University in Kingston, Ontario last week. There is a prof/student
> team there doing some testing work on bale walls, and I was able to
> check out the results of what they've been doing. Very interesting...
>
> They set out to try to determine if they could establish a minimum
> strength for a plaster for a load-bearing bale wall. They made a
> series of mixes of a 75% lime/25% portland mix, from intentionally
> weak to as strong as they could brew it. They then plastered single
> bales with these mixes, at three different thicknesses per mix.
>
> Their results indicate that the actual strength of the plaster had
> much less effect on the working strength of the plastered bale than
> did the thickness of the plaster. So making a really strong plaster
> is not as important as putting it on the wall thickly.
>
> They are now busy writing up the results, and will present them in
> TLS later this winter, but I thought I'd share this with you for your
> cogitation.
>
> Along the same plaster strength lines, this summer I had to send some
> test cubes of earthen plaster to a lab for testing before the
> engineering firm would let us use earth plaster for a load-bearing
> building. Our samples (taken directly from the wheelbarrows of goop
> that were going on the wall at the time) came back in the range of
> 2.1 to 2.4 MPa. This didn't mean much to me until I saw the test
> results from the lime/portland mix (taken at 28 days) at Queen's,
> where their strongest mix was a 1.7 MPa. I know that a lime-rich
> plaster likely takes more than 28 days to reach full strength, but I
> was encouraged by the comparison, and the Queen's guys were well
> astounded at the earth plaster figures. Especially since the earth
> plaster goes onto the wall more thickly than the lime/portland.
>
> Thanks to both of you who've already tackled a Myth/Reality article
> for the next issue of TLS. Anybody else?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Chris
> --
>
>
> ***************************
>
> Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction
> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawhomes.ca";>http://www.strawhomes.ca</a>
>
> Interested in bale building? Have you subscribed to
> The Last Straw Journal?
> You should!
>   <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.thelaststraw.org";>http://www.thelaststraw.org</a>
> ----
> GSBN is an invitation-only forum of key individuals and representatives of
regional straw construction organizations. The costs of operating this list
are underwritten by The Last Straw Journal in exchange for use of the GSBN
as an advisory board and technical editing arm.
>
> For instructions on joining, leaving, or otherwise using the GSBN list,
send email to GSBN@...HELP in the SUBJECT line.
> ----
>



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Date: 9 Dec 2004 08:40:57 -0600
From: "chris newton" chris@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC

Well done Chris
Put our name down
Chris, and I am bringing Colin this time, Newton

Earth-n-Straw Pty Ltd
web: www.newtonhouse.info/straw.htm

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Magwood" TLSEditor@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 12:15 PM
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
> --
>
>
> ***************************
>
> Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction
> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawhomes.ca";>http://www.strawhomes.ca</a>
>
> Interested in bale building? Have you subscribed to
> The Last Straw Journal?
> You should!
>  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.thelaststraw.org";>http://www.thelaststraw.org</a>
>
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> regional straw construction organizations. The costs of operating this
> list are underwritten by The Last Straw Journal in exchange for use of the
> GSBN as an advisory board and technical editing arm.
>
> For instructions on joining, leaving, or otherwise using the GSBN list,
> send email to GSBN@...HELP in the SUBJECT
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>
>




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Date: 9 Dec 2004 10:13:34 -0600
From: Judyknox42@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:2006 OSBBC ISBBC

Matts and I have already put it on the calendar...how exciting!!  I have a
strong, good feeling the Canadians are going to show us all how to do it
memorably!
Judy


Judy Knox and Matts Myhrman
Out On Bale
1037 E. Linden St.
Tucson, Az  85719
520-622-6896
judyknox42@...
mattsmyhrman@...

Each of us can and must champion the evolutionary breakthroughs necessary to
sustain all life.  The journey of a champion is difficult, AND our access to a
joyful life.
Judy Knox


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Date: 9 Dec 2004 11:33:10 -0600
From: Derek Roff derek@...
Subject: Strawbale Car???

It is rare to scoop the Duck on any story involving strawbale and popular
culture.  However, lacking an announcement from him, I would like to inform
the GSBN community that one of its own appeared on "Car Talk," an immensely
popular National Public Radio show.  The show is also distributed on Public
Radio International, making this broadcast perhaps the largest public
exposure of a strawbale builder singing about discarded car parts.

I speak of the Thangmaker his-self, Frank Meyer.  On the show broadcast
Saturday, December 4th (in my area), we heard a lengthy cut from Frank's CD
"Scrounger's Paradise," with the maestro singing his song, "Savage of
Salvage."  It was presented without introduction or analysis, as is the way
of Car Talk.  It made me proud to know that I know a celebrity.

The episode can be listened to for free on the internet (RealPlayer
streamed audio) for a few more days, at:

<<a  target="_blank" href="http://cartalk.com/Radio/Show/online.html";>http://cartalk.com/Radio/Show/online.html</a>>

Frank's song starts at the 4:40 mark in Segment 3 (titled "You put your
right foot on, you take your right foot off...").

I'm hoping this will lead Frank's career to a spot on Prairie (Strawbale)
Home Companion.

Derek

Derek Roff
Language Learning Center
Ortega Hall 129, MSC03-2100
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
505/277-7368, fax 505/277-3885
Internet: derek@...



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