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Re: GSBN:Re: Paul Olivier in Louisiana

As suggested by David Eisenberg and Bruce King, I  endorse the
nomination of Paul Olivier as a member of the GSBN, if he would like
to join.  He is involved in recycling on an industrial level,
constructed a 3-story, 5,000 sf strawbale office building (near
Dallas, TX), and in recent years has done ground-breaking work to
promote rice-hull insulation.  A brilliant and tireless innovator,
indeed, and a very nice person.

Best regards,
Catherine Wanek

Black Range Films &
Natural Building Resources
119 Main St. , Kingston, NM 88042
505-895-3389 / fax 505-895-3326
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbalecentral.com";>http://www.strawbalecentral.com</a>

At 09:03 AM 3/24/2006, you wrote:

On Mar 24, 2006, at 8:17 AM, strawnet@...:

Paul Olivier in Louisiana has done extensive testing and work with rice
hulls as insulation and there is a detailed and comprehensive paper
downloadable as a pdf file on his website at www.esrla.com/  . . .
Paul is a brilliant and tireless innovator - I wonder if we should
invite him to join GSBN? Matts and Judy, you know him, what do you

Howdy, all --

I've met Paul, also, and was equally impressed.  Straw bale
construction per se isn't his thing, but he is a fountain of good
ideas, and would be a great addition to GSBN.

Also, along with everyone else, I think chopped straw as ceiling
insulation is a terrible idea UNLESS you take great care to seal it
with some plaster, both to prevent fire and conductive air flow.

Bruce King, PE
Director, Ecological Building Network  ( www.ecobuildnetwork.org )
Publisher, Green Building Press  ( www.greenbuildingpress.com )
209 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965  USA
(415) 331-7630
bruce@ ecobuildnetwork.org

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