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GSBN:GSBN re Ecohouse

Dear all.

Another thing to consider when discussing Sarah's straw bale house are mice.

There are two straw bale houses in Siberia, that have been built the similar
way as Sarah's except there was asbestos sheeting covering unplastered straw
instead of plastic on those houses. Only after one winter the Siberians
decided to take the sheeting off and plaster the straw under it, because the
amount of mice loving the space in the winter was incredible. Check:
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.jakubwihan.com/pdf/SBinSiberia.pdf";>http://www.jakubwihan.com/pdf/SBinSiberia.pdf</a> page 9.

There is also one intentionally unplastered straw bale house in the Czech
Republic. I heard that the owner is troubled by mice living in bales.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Strawbalefutures" info@...
To: "'GSBN'" GSBN@...
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 2:36 PM
Subject: GSBN:GSBN re Ecohouse

We are more than happy to support Gernot Minke's nomination also.

And on the subject of the ecohouse in London I would just like to say that
trained Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till in 1997 before they built their
house, and gave them the benefit of my advice, part of which was not to
the straw in the way that they have, so I am delighted that it is proving
work so well.
Also they publicise their building as the first in the UK with planning
permission and Building regulation approval, but this is not correct, as I
helped self-builders to build their own loadbearing bungalow near Brecon
Wales in 1996, and this had full planning permission and Building
approval. It was also featured on the BBC programme Countryfile in early

Best wishes

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-----Original Message-----
From: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] On Behalf Of Bruce King
Sent: 10 January 2007 23:25
Subject: Re: GSBN:Re: GSBN re: Minke

On Jan 10, 2007, at 2:43 PM, Frank &amp; Ingrid wrote:

Dear GSBN'ers . . . Being on the subject of new members we would like
to ask if a mail we send end of October 2006 in regards to a
nomination by us for Kermo
Juerman from Estonia actually was received by the list . . .

Frank, I don't remember seeing it.

and also support Gernot Minke's inclusion in GSBN, though I wonder if
anyone asked him if he WANTS to be on this list.  I can't imagine why
not, but you never know.

Some of you may be interested to know that when I met Gernot a year
ago, I asked why he had selected that photograph of the "ecohouse" in
London for his cover.  He replied that he hadn't -- the publisher did.

That building has, among many elements, an unplastered  straw bale wall
protected from weather by a sheet of currogated polycarbonate sheeting,
with an 8 cm vented cavity between.  When in London last November, I
visited the house and talked with the architect (who also lives there).
 I was surprised to see that the bales still look fresh and beautiful
after several years, and appear to be providing insulation because air
flow is stopped by a layer of hydraulic lime plaster on the inside

<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.swarch.co.uk/PROJECTS/type2/Project4/sos%20information.pdf";>http://www.swarch.co.uk/PROJECTS/type2/Project4/sos%20information.pdf</a>

and  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.swarch.co.uk/index0.html";>http://www.swarch.co.uk/index0.html</a>

happy new year to all,

Bruce King
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