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Re: GSBN:Zambia Help

Hi Bill and Alain

there is some info and sketches in Barbara Jones pdf  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbalefutures.org.uk/pdf/strawbaleguide.pdf";>http://www.strawbalefutures.org.uk/pdf/strawbaleguide.pdf</a>
and El Lupo has some info on his website <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbale.archinet.com.au/Other_methods.htm";>http://www.strawbale.archinet.com.au/Other_methods.htm</a>

bale on
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/";>http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/</a>
----- Original Message -----
From: "Athena &amp; Bill Steen" absteen@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 2:19 PM
Subject: GSBN:Zambia Help

Is anyone in a position to help this fellow?

On Sep 6, 2006, at 2:05 PM, alain wrote:

> Athena, Bill,
> I am looking for explanations and/or illustrations and references
> to "Self-draining foundations" that I couldn't find on your
> website. I live in Zambia as you can see
> and I will be the first to build a strawbale structure here. It's a
> big challenge because of the abundance of termites, bushfires and
> inexistence of square balers
> so I'm engineering everything purposedly for this project. The
> structure will be 2-storey 2 bedrooms on first floor and sitting,
> dining, fireplace, kitchen on ground floor;
> a plunge pool will be adjacent within the house frame.
> Passionated for buildings as a hobby, I became interested in low-
> income structures, starting with pressed earthblocks but now with
> straw bales. The grass that
> is available here is nowhere near anything seen on the web but I
> want to teach this technique to villagers because it is aimed at
> them essentially.
> Could you please put me in the right direction to get hold of this
> foundation type ? Another question is that on many sites, people
> have been using a wooden frame/skeleton
> that they have filled in with bales; I would prefer not to use a
> frame because of the costs implications. For a 2-storey structure,
> does your experience tell that a frame structure
> is absolutely necessary or not ?
> I would be extremely happy if you could reply to both emails (work
> and home). Let me know if coming to a workshop will make the
> difference in my assessments.
> Kind regards
> Alain Degroot
> Data Manager / ACTG Lead Data Manager
> Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
> PO BOX 34681 RhodesPark
> 1275 Lubuto Road
> Northmead, Lusaka, Zambia
> Office lines: +260-1-291629/291630/291642/291785/293661/293772
> Direct line: -ext.209
> Cell: +260-(0)97-771880
> www.cidrz.org
> www.zambiafirst.org
> emails: (w) alain@cidrz.org; (h) alain@...
> SkypeID: (w) alain.degroot; (h): kalulu297a

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