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-> Report from 2000 added to wikibook
     by duncan@...
-> International exchange: Make it clear, short and simple, please!
     by "Dirk Scharmer- FSB" ds@...


Date: 13 Mar 2006 08:34:01 -0600
From: duncan@...
Subject: Report from 2000 added to wikibook

I wasn't sure if i should bother you all with this but given that I've
always found it so hard to find technical reports I thought I'd start
dropping the list a quiet note when I find new ones.

Which reminds me, I started translating a danish report for this list, I
think it was Andr=C3=A9, did anyone read what I did? Does anyone want other
chapters translated?

I have added:
A Pilot Study examining the Strength, Compressibility and Serviceability
of Rendered Straw Bale Walls for Two Storey Load Bearing Construction.
        "A pilot study of a wall constructed from straw bales was
        carried out. The objective was to examine the suitability of
        such walls for two-storey residential construction. The emphases
        were placed on the strength, compressibility and serviceability
        of the rendered straw bale wall. The full-scale wall was tested
        to failure in laboratory conditions. The result shows that it is
        feasible to construct a two-storey wall using such system. The
        test results were compared with the recommendation provided by
        some of the codes of practice. It was found that the wall has
        adequate capacity for a two-storey wall construction. Other
        issues, such as constructability, detailing, and compressibility
        were also examined in this paper." Michael Faine and Dr. John
        Zhang, University of Western Sydney, Australia, 2000 Rendered
        Straw Bale Walls for Two Storey Load Bearing Construction (PDF
It's been added to
<a  target="_blank" href="http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Straw_Bale_Construction/Related_Resources/Technical_Studies";>http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Straw_Bale_Construction/Related_Resources/Technical_Studies</a>

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Date: 13 Mar 2006 14:27:24 -0600
From: "Dirk Scharmer- FSB" ds@...
Subject: International exchange: Make it clear, short and simple, please!

Moin, moin (in Northern Germany something like 'hello'),
Don't forget: Lot's of people, interested in straw bale building (for
example germans but also french, I've heard ;-) but of course all the people
who had been not only too dronish as me) are not able to understand or write
english well enough to follow the sometimes really complex discussions here.

So, please make it clear, simple and short.

It is to accept: English is the most spoken language, but don`t use to much
(special) words and local phrases to express what you want to.

Can we take this as a kind of 'netiquette' for exchange about straw bale

I'm afraid, that lots of us don't want to sit all the day in front of a
computer. There is a job, children, garden, real life. And I've heard, not
only the english-beginners under the list-members often don't have time
enough to follow here.

And may I ask for this: ISBBC 2006-presenters, please be prepared to speak
pronounced, slow and clear.

The language is the reason for the germans having started an own sb- forum
(www.fasba.de > forum).

If we are not able to follow and to make good contributions on hundreds of
places where straw bale building is discussed, one way could be: Less
places, clear, short and simple and then I don't mind: in english. In this
spirit Duncans electronic bulletin email is a good step.

(Sorry, could have used less words but I've to practice once a week ;-)

What do you think?

Dirk Scharmer

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