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Re: GSBN:re: nomination Tom Rijven - moisture

Dear Frank,

Thank you Frank for your valuable feedback. Absolutely you are right.
However I wanted to find a plaster which is performing in all conditions,
and we don't have found it yet. The problem with overhangs here is the
strong wind on the long term, that is why they developed this style. In
France they use for socalled biobricks (clay burned bricks) just one plaster
with some lime in it, which seems to be dampopen. The question is how far. I
need to  find out more on it.

I am sure the bales will still be ok after having protected them with wood.

Best wishes, Martin

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank & Ingrid" strawbales@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 12:41 AM
Subject: GSBN:re: nomination Tom Rijven - moisture

> Hello Martin and all,
> Would absolutely welcome Tom Rijven on this list.
> Sorry to hear about your failing lime plaster. As you already say,
> plastering strawbale walls may not be suitable for your particular
> climate and frost is definitely a killer if plaster is not dry and
> cured. However, we had a look at your strawbale house and believe that
> the design may be of greater concern in regards to the plaster than the
> climate. We can see why you (most likely) chose this particular design,
> - to build a house that looks like a typical farm/country house in
> Brittany?! Please do not get us wrong, we like the look of the house,
> but as already discussed many times on all strawbale lists:
> With strawbale construction, and of course especially in cold & wet
> climates, protection of rendered walls with large roof overhangs or
> possibly wrap around verandas is absolutely essential. In other words,
> we believe lime plastered walls would work well in your climate if the
> design of the house had been adjusted to be more appropriate to
> strawbale construction and given climate conditions.
> We hope the bales will recover from the moisture problems and look
> forward to hear how it all works out with wood cladding.
> All the best, Frank Thomas
> Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, Strawbale Construction
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