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GSBN:Canadian Conferences

Greetings all:

Paul Moode keeps me up to date on his regular contacts with Cuban housing
officials. He introduced them to various bale building methods we discussed
over the last year such as the airbag precompression system of Bob Platts
and Linda Chapman at Fibrehouse Inc., the Strandblock baling method for a
number of recycled fibres such a begasse (post pressing waste sugar cane)
and quick build small load bearing homes.

He hopes to organize an international native housing conference in Vancouver
in the near future and invite a Cuban delegation to visit BC and tour
plastered straw bale homes on the coast. All this has long been in the
planning stages.

all the best,


Sustainable Works
Habib John Gonzalez
RR#1, S-4, C-12
Crescent Valley, British Columbia
Canada, V0G-1H0
tel/fax 250-359-5095
"Better the kindness of imperfection than perfection without kindness"

----- Original Message -----
From: strawnet@...
To: GSBN@...
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 9:06 PM
Subject: Re: GSBN:Next International Conference

Hi all,

I just realized that I should mention that there is a man from British
Columbia, Paul Modde (paul.modde@yahoo.ca), who has contacted me about
wanting to hold straw bale conferences in British Columbia (Canada) and
Cuba in the next year or so, in part because he has been meeting with
officials of the Cuban government about building sustainable housing using
rice straw bales. So there is another potential venue for the future -
Cuba - a little tricky for those of us with US citizenship, but an
interesting possibility...

Just wanted to mention this. I believe Habib knows Paul because Paul said
that's how he got my contact info. So perhaps Habib could offer some
additional insight into this.

And I concur with the view that it would be ideal to have the next ISBBC
on a different continent but if that falls through Colorado would be

David Eisenberg

-----Original Message-----
From: laura@...
To: GSBN@...
Sent: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: GSBN:Next International Conference

 I spoke with Kelly at the conference and she said, speaking of China at
least, that they are just not ready for the conference to be there yet,
but it should be considered for the future. Kelly, am I correct in
quoting you?

billc wrote:

> I agree with Martin that it would be nice to alternate between North
> America and some other continent.
> On the other hand, I know what a huge undertaking it is to put on
> such an event. That means that the planning needs to start fairly
> soon. So I would suggest that if no other group steps forward in the
> next month or three from one of the other continents - say, by
> January 1 - that we go ahead and plan for Colorado or California.
> We don't really have any representatives from Asia aside from Kelly
> (though we probably should), so it might be a little tricky getting
> that to happen. Would anyone from Europe, Africa, or South America
> like to publicly consider the possibility?
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