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Re: GSBN:Travelling to China

Great news! I hope you all will share your experiences and photos with the
sb community through TLS. Have a wonderful trip.


on 7.4.2006 4:37 PM, Catherine Wanek at blackrange@...:

> Dear friends and colleagues of the GSBN....
> Along with Barbara Jones, Bee Rowan, and Evegeny Shirokov, I am
> traveling to China this week....to attend a Study Tour of Kelly
> Lerner's strawbale project that has built over 600 strawbale homes in
> NE China in the last 6 or 7 years The trip is sponsored by the
> Building and Social Housing Foundation, in England. (see more details below).
> Kelly posted the opportunity a few months back on this list.....
> Of course I plan to shoot some video and photographs, a few of which
> will probably make it into my current book project.  (And naturally
> there will be some report about it in The Last Straw. ) I expect
> there will be many lessons learned that might be shared in future
> such efforts.
> I also want to share that my publisher (Gibbs Smith) generously
> donated a box of my books (The New SB Home) for me to give away to
> the Chinese villages.
> Happy Independence Day to you all,
> Catherine Wanek
> International Study Visit to the Straw-bale Energy Efficient Housing
> Technology Transfer, China
> US architect Kelly Lerner of One World Design, helped ADRA (the
> Adventist Development Relief Agency) design and create a program to
> build low-cost strawbale houses in northeastern China.  To date, over
> 600 units have been built at a cost of $4 per square foot.  This work
> received the 2005 World Habitat Award from the Building and Social
> Housing Foundation (BSHF) www.bshf.org, who are also organizing this
> study tour.
> The Study Visit will bring together an interested group from all over
> the world to view the work, and the methods of technology transfer
> advocated by the ADRA. They used few foreigners, but primarily
> trained teachers, who trained local crews to build with bales, which
> had to be hand-made, as there are few baling machines in China. The
> seismically-engineered design utilizes brick structure, with straw
> bales for infill.
> These straw-bale homes have saved 68% over typical energy use, which
> saves homeowners money and reduces air pollution (they burn coal for
> heating), while keeping the inside of the homes more comfortable.
> Also the respiratory health of the young and old have improved, as
> they breath less coal smoke.