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GSBN:FW: [Strawbale]part 2: Look Ma', no hands!



Thought you might like to respond to Rikki, and if you do, please cc the
GSBN list. Thanks, Joyce.

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> From: "rikki nitzkin" rnitzkin@...
> Reply-To: strawbale@...
> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 11:43:14 +0000
> To: strawbale@...
> Subject: [Strawbale]part 2: Look Ma', no hands!
> 
> I always thought that to build a solid, load-bearing SB house it was
> necessary to include a tie-down system and a roof-plate.
> 
> On a recent trip investigating SB houses in Spain, I found out that this is
> not true.
> 
> I saw eight SB structures with know tie-down system, five of which had no
> roof-plate, and all were perfectly solid.  The oldest of these houses is 4
> years old, and hasn«t moved at all.  The biggest is two stories high (29m2
> per floor).
> 
> This two-story house was built using a unique technique: the man plastered
> each course of bales as it went up.  The first three courses could be laid
> and plastered at once, then about one course a day, so that the straw/clay
> plaster had time to set.  He built the whole house, alone, in less than two
> months.  The walls have not compressed at all.  The beams for the second
> story are placed over very small (2x2) strips of wood laid on top of the
> bales--no tie-down. The roof beams the same, just plastered all around with
> a heavy straw/clay plaster.  The roof is very light-weight.
> 
> This reminds me of Tom Rijven«s system of bale-dipp?ng, but one step
> farther.
> 
> Does anyone know of any other homes (load-bearing) built without tie-down
> systems or roof-plates?
> How have they held up?  If it really works (in these houses it seems to) it
> could save a lot of time and money in building . . .
> 
> 
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