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RE: GSBN:Nouveau Myth in the making...?

Hi All,

Sorry for the cross post. But since I replied to this topic thread I might
as well add that I've been looking into a tradition of stacked wall wood
construction. They use dimensional lumber laid flat and lapped at corners
and finger jointed where interior walls meet the exterior to make a solid
wood wall. The first building I saw had a few boards that had been eaten but
just to within 3 inches of the interior and the boards immediately connected
to the eaten board were un touched. At first I was interested in this
because of the rumor that termites prefer deseased or downed wood. Then I
started hereing the rumor about straw and grain preserving the wood and I
remembered that none of the boards that were eaten had gone all the way
through to the interior. I haven't seen enough of this to elevate the rumors
status. I personally thought, and am still thinking that there should be
another explanation. Always fun to try and figure out what is really going
on in these things we warranty...:-)


-----Original Message-----
From: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] On Behalf Of Tim
Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2004 11:29 PM
To: 'GSBN'
Subject: RE: GSBN:Nouveau Myth in the making...?

Hi John,

I met you at the ISBBC '99 in California. I often quote your comment about
when we sneeze the rest of the world gets the flu - it really came in handy
when we were doing the straw bale testing program with EBNet. I've been
reading along on GSBN and a few other lists as I can. And I've often thought
to respond to your messages but never can make the time. I'm always greatful
to those who do take the time to try and keep the international dialogue
quality and progressing.

I run a natural building and design company, Vital Systems, with 20
employees in Northern California. And I have two kids under five, if that
can explain the lack of time.

We are presenting a proposal to do ecological development work and could
really use your thoughts cost efficiencies and if at all possible some raw
data on built projects. Everything we have done has been so custom to date
that we haven't been able to realize the efficiencies and savings that I
know we can on the development scale.

Again, thanks for your work and for any help you can be with our pursuit of
a better development model for the end of suburbia...


Tim Owen-Kennedy
Vital Systems, Natural Building &amp; Design, Inc.
P O Box 751, Ukiah, CA  95482
888.859.6336 f:707.462.3765

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