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-> Re: GSBN:Fasba: strawbale press release asking you to publish/	forward
     by Martin Hammer mfhammer@...


Date: 12 Apr 2006 13:34:51 -0600
From: Martin Hammer mfhammer@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Fasba: strawbale press release asking you to publish/

David, Joyce, Dietmar, Dirk (and anyone else who cares to read) -

I made a quick comparison between Dirk's press release and the 1-page
article that Dietmar Lorenz wrote for TLS regarding the German SB code.
There is a fair amount of overlap.  The article Dietmar wrote has more
detailed and technical information, and is generally more suitable for
readers of TLS.  There are some things in the press release that the TLS
article does not cover, but if I had to pick one, I would pick the one
Dietmar has written.  Dirk is familiar with Dietmar's article.

I will leave this for Dietmar and Dirk to sort out, with ultimate editorial
decision from Joyce.  Possibilities include Dietmar adding to his piece or
Dirk writing shorter version of his press release for TLS to avoid
redundancy.  Both pieces in TLS, as they are, doesn't make sense to me.

On a minor note, the word "embedded" in paragraph 2 of the press release
should be "embodied".  I've already communicated this to Dietmar who gave
Dirk input on the English version of it.

On a major note - Dirk, congratulations again, and great work!  If there's a
way for this other info to get into TLS without redundancy, I am all for it.

Martin Hammer

> Dirk and Joyce,
> It strikes me that a good article in TLS documenting the process that
> Fasba went through to obtain this general approval would be of great
> benefit to both those working in Germany and elsewhere seeking to
> achieve similar acceptance for straw bale or other natural building
> materials. It would also provide an opportunity to acknowledge the
> individuals and the organizations and institutions that were involved
> and supported the process. Over the years we've found that it usually
> pays big dividends to publicly acknowledge government agencies and the
> people in them when they are involved in achieving such things - even
> if they were not as helpful as they might have been (or worse)...
> Published articles focusing on the positive outcome, when written using
> carefully chosen language in discussing the difficulties that were
> overcome, can set the stage for future successes. One of my
> long-standing principles for systemic change work is to do things in a
> way that makes it easier, not more difficult, for those who follow you.
> I have no doubt that this has been true in this effort and it would be
> great to have more in-depth information about this whole process. And
> one of my favorite sayings about systemic change work is this:
> The way to subvert the dominant paradigm is to have more fun than they
> do and make sure they know it!
> Thanks again,
> David
> -----Original Message-----
> From: The Last Straw thelaststraw@...
> To: GSBN GSBN@...
> Sent: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 09:07:51 -0500
> Subject: Re: GSBN:Fasba: strawbale press release asking you to
> publish/ forward
> The GSBN is a very good place to post this kind of information.
> Congratulations on your accomplishment. Martin Hammer has included a
> short article about the German SB code in his survey and coverage of codes
> and permitting worldwide which will appear in the June issue of The Last
> Straw journal.
> Joyce
>> on 4.11.2006 4:29 AM, Dirk Scharmer- FSB at ds@...:
>> Hope you all agree with using our mailing list to publish this. See also
>> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.presse.fasba.de";>http://www.presse.fasba.de</a>.
>> Greetings
>> Dirk Scharmer
>> -----------------------------------------------
>> Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V.
>> Auf der Ruebekuhle 10
>> D- 21335 Lueneburg
>> Tel. 00 49 4131- 727804
>> Fax. 00 49 4131- 727805
>> Internet: www.fasba.de
>> Email: ds@...
>> Press release April 11th, 2006
>> After three years of work, the German Straw Bale Building Association
>> (Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V. (fasba)), which is located in
>> the Altmark region of Germany near the town of Lueneburg
>> ,has managed to obtain an official general approval of straw bales for heat
>> insulation from the German Institute of Structural Engineering (Deutsches
>> Institut fur Bautechnik (DIBt)). Until recently, straw bale building
>> encountered many obstacles. This has been simplified enormously with a
>> general approval by the building authorities. Germany is now the first
>> country within Europe with this general approval, but similar approvals are
>> known in the United States and Belarus. The new heat insulation material
>> should be made available all over Germany very soon.
>> Climate disaster threatens the Earth, energy prices are constantly rising
>> and people are increasingly suffering through environmental pollution. For
>> more and more builders, these are enough reasons to change their approach
>> building by creating modern and comfortable houses, using straw, clay and
>> wood from the farm next door. They provide optimal comfort, are easy to
>> produce and no more expensive than a house built with stone.
>> Furthermore, the reduction of embedded energy in a detached straw bales
>>house, compared to the energy required to build a masonry structure, is
>>equivalent to at least 15 years of heating and operating the building,
>>a straw bale house a 15 year head-start in resource conservation. This type
>> building has been around in the United States since about 1890. Several
>> buildings from this time survive and are in good condition. They are proof
>> that this way of building is long lasting, safe and durable. A good example
>> of professional straw bale construction in Germany is the three-storey
>> house 3Strohpolis2
>> Above all, the now authorized approval simplifies the use of straw bales as
>> heat insulating filling material in timber frame buildings. Load bearing
>> construction, where straw bales can be used for structural support, has
>> more ecological and financial advantages, since no additional supports are
>> needed. This type of construction is already widely known internationally
>> and after further investigation should also be applicable in Germany in the
>> near future.
>> In order to get building approval and consequently build 3Strohpolis2, many
>> expensive experiments by German Test Institutions, including the renowned
>> Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (Fraunhofer Institut fur
>> (IBP)), had to be carried out beforehand. These experiments were funded by
>> grants from the former Social-Democrat / Green Party Coalition's Federal
>> Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the model-region
>> Altmark. The need for building materials from the farm next door will also
>> present new opportunities for a sustainable livelihood for farmers.
>> The number of German straw bale houses has already more than doubled
>> in 2005. Fasba expects a building boom for straw bale houses in 2006. It is
>> also important to note that the new approval for straw bales as
>>heat-insulating material makes it eligible for benefits (25EUR/m3) from the
>> Agency of Renewable Resources (Fachagentur fuer nachwachsende Rohstoffe
>> (FNR)) for private builders.
>> (Publishable images and the general approval document:
>> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.presse.fasba.de";>http://www.presse.fasba.de</a>)
>> Contact: Dirk Scharmer, Auf der Ruebekuhle 10, D- 21335 Lueneburg,
> Tel. 0049
>> 4131- 727 804 Internet: <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.fasba.de";>http://www.fasba.de</a>, Email: ds@...


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