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Re: GSBN: Numbers of houses
This is good news on Monday I saw the press conference of the Nicholas
Stern report. Bluntly put its findings say that if we do nothing we are
in for serious economic trouble, disregarding the ecological effects of
rising temperature by up to as much as 5 C. The good news is that if we
globally now spend about 1 % GDP we could curb the most drastic effects
of our carbon economy keeping levels to around 450-550 PPM. We will
still experience a rise in temperature up to about 3 C even then but we
should be able to deal with that.
An example used by Mr Stern was 'If the UK responsible for about 2% of
the world carbon output would stop completely to zero emissions.
Developing China would fill in the void within 1.5 years.' How apt that
Kelly, ADRA is pushing sustainable building with SB in China. This
could have a big impact if kept on the rails of social and technical
The Stern report check out the links of his presentation notes and
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/">http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/</a>
On Oct 31, 2006, at 17:04, Kelly Lerner wrote:
Here's the count from China:
SB houses built through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency
(ADRA) project (1998-2004):
606 homes plus 3 schools.
SB houses built outside of ADRA's project (with ADRA's or One World
Design's technical support):
2003: 30 homes
2004: 10 homes
2005: one dormitory, 44 straw bale houses in Benxi
2006: 1 home, plus 2 dormitories
So, in China, as far as we know, there are 691 SB homes, plus 3 SB
schools, plus 3 SB dormitories.
I'm currently reviewing a blueprints for five small strawbale houses
and one strawbale school that will be distributed by the Heilongjiang
Provincial Department of Rural Construction throughout the province.
It's a BIG governmental seal of approval for the SB technique. It
will be interesting to see what independent building activity they
spur. By 2010, I'd love to be able to say that I don't know how many
SB houses there are in China because SB construction is growing so
In the age of global warming, it's cool to be green.
Have you read Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing
Your Home into Harmony with Nature? Available in
bookstores throughout the universe.
Kelly Lerner, Architect
One World Design 509-838-8812
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