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Well, things are starting to come together for the 2006 International
Straw Bale Building Conference, to be held in Ontario, Canada from
Many of you will have received (or will shortly) notice of the
conference directly to your email address, but I also wanted to post
the invitation to the GSBN. From here, please feel free to post it
locally wherever you think interested participants may see it.
As you'll see, the invitation includes an offer to volunteer yourself
for one or more of the panels being planned. Some of you will receive
direct offers to participate in specific sessions, but please feel
free to offer yourself for any of the sessions you feel you may be
able to contribute to.
If you have suggestions, complaints or any other comments about the
schedule, please let me know as soon as possible.
I hope the proposed schedule below is exciting and enticing. I'm
really looking forward to this event and to seeing many of you there.
December 20, 2005
I am writing to invite you to attend the 2006 International Straw
Bale Building Conference (ISBBC), to be held near Peterborough,
Ontario, Canada from September 23-30, 2006.
I have attended the past three ISBBC events, in Denmark, Australia
and Nebraska, and I am very excited about being part of the
organization of this conference, on behalf of the Ontario Straw Bale
Building Coalition. I have always found these gatherings to be
informative, interesting and very, very inspiring, and would like to
promise you the same invigorating experience here in Canada in 2006.
This will be the first ISBBC that is specifically aimed at
professional bale builders and designers. We are putting together a
very comprehensive program intended to help those in the profession
become better at what they do, from hands on instruction in specialty
areas to design issues to business development. Attached you will
find a preliminary schedule of sessions, which I hope you find
exciting and intriguing. If you have suggestions for additional
sessions youÕd like to see included, please let me know. If you see a
session in the list below in which you feel youÕd make an ideal panel
or forum participant, please let me know. We will be offering reduced
rates to people formally participating in sessions.
We have been offered an exceptionally affordable conference rate at
Camp Kawartha (www.campkawartha.ca), largely due to our help in
building them a straw bale dining hall and greenhouse. This means
that attending the 2006 ISBBC doesnÕt have to break the bank. Early
bird registration rates (before March 1, 2006) are only $550 for
shared cabin accommodation and $450 for camping. This includes three
meals a day, all your conference fees and use of the camp facilities!
WhatÕs better, these prices are in Canadian dollars! Our space at the
camp is limited to 250 attendees, and will be offered on a first-
come, first-served basis.
My own attendance at past ISBBC events has never failed to re-
energize me and increase my own network of friends and associates
world-wide. I hope that you will like what you see in the proposed
program below, and rush to register for the conference at
www.strawbalebuilding.ca as soon as youÕve finished reading this!
Tentative Schedule for the 2006 ISBBC
*Note: A hands-on component will be focused on the construction of a
new office building for our camp hosts. Topics and schedules for
hands-on sessions will be announced after the plans for the building
have been approved.
* One session room per day will be made available for ad hoc and
Welcome and Keynote Address
Home OwnerÕs Forum: A Discussion for Owner/Builders
Water & Waste Systems: Options and Strategies for Integrating into SB
Design and Designers: How to work together with owners and builders
Foundations: Best materials and practices
Keynote Address: David Eisenberg
Budgeting and Costing: Estimating practices and examples
Other Natural Materials: Design and Build Techniques
Insurance: For Homeowners and Builders
Publishing: Journals and newsletters
World Tour of SB: Builders, designers and owners show
off slides of their work
Business Case Studies: How we make a living with sb
SB Associations: How weÕre organized and how we can work together
Renewable Energies: How to incorporate renewables into bale homes
Business Matters: How to be a successful ÒgreenÓ business
Networking with other natural building organizations
Straw Bale Olympics: National and regional teams compete
in bale-centered events!
Prefabricated Bale Walls: Experiences and Ideas
Testing: Update on testing done to date
Heating and Cooling: Different technologies/strategies and how to
integrate with SB
Workshops: How to teach a good workshop and developing a curriculum
Testing: Planning a strategy for the future
Keynote presentation: A world of natural building slide show
Dance w/live band
Financing: How to obtain financing as an owner and a builder
Codes: A review of the new California codes
Clay and Clay Science/Lime and Lime Science
Entering the Profession: Becoming a paid sb builder
Codes: Looking ahead
Stock Plans: How to create them and sell them
Training and Standards: Defining a Straw Bale Professional
Ventilation: Passive and active technologies and strategies
Case Studies: The Best Sustainable Building IÕve Ever Made
Roofing: Materials and Techniques
Goodbyes and tour departures
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