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-> Looking for Statistics
     by Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...


Date: 12 Jan 2005 10:48:46 -0600
From: Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
Subject: Looking for Statistics

Hello everyone,

We recently received a request for information on the size of the straw-bale
building market in North America. The request relates to a fundraising
effort for a straw-bale building in another country. Beyond the
International Strawbale Registry, do you know of any published or other
statistics that could supply this information?

And, since we mentioned the International Straw Bale Building Registry which
can be found at
<a  target="_blank" href="http://sbregistry.sustainablesources.com";>http://sbregistry.sustainablesources.com</a>, seems like a good time to remind
everyone about the purpose of this project, which is stated on the web site
as: sustainablesources.com, The Last Straw Journal, The Straw Bale Association of
Texas, and the Development Center for Appropriate Technology, along with a
number of regional strawbale organizations, are working together to build a
database of buildings constructed using straw bale. The aggregate numbers
will be useful in such things as lobbying insurance companies, mortgage
companies, building officials and others, and will also be useful in further
popularizing SB to the general public worldwide. Reading in a magazine
article that "over $xxx million in strawbale construction already exists in
North America" can have a strong effect on our credibility. The Registry
will also act as a contact list for future research and performance testing.
Some of the articles in The Last Straw have been based on information
gathered from people who have listed their project on the International
Straw Bale Building Registry (#45/Living with Straw, #47/Educating and
Training Future Builders, for example).

So, this is also a plea to you all, with a request that you pass it along to
people in your association, guild, network, community or country, to add
projects to the registry and help us build the database so that we have a
statistical source to help promote and develop straw-bale construction now
and in the future and a base of information on a wide variety of subjects to

Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for any assistance and information you
can provide.


Joyce Coppinger,
Managing Editor/TLS
PO Box 22706, Lincoln NE 68542-2706 USA
402.483.5135, fax 402.483.5161

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