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GSBN:Re[2]: GSBN:Re: GSBN:GSBN re Ecohouse



<x-charset koi8-r>Hi,John

Some remarks from professional ecologist about asbestos.
If you use asbestos plate (asbestos is fixed by cement) - no problem (in fomer USSR last 60 years and till now 90% of roofs is covered by "shifer" (asbestos "plate") - no one case of health problem, associated with asbestos (instead of problem with steropor, PVC, fenol, formaldegid, etc.).

But if you use FREE asbestos for noise reduction in ventilation system with pump (like UNESCO office in Paris) - it will be problem with asbestos dust in office. 90% of world asbestos mining was in Russia, and during last time of "cold war" West use the Unesco office case for stop export asbestos from USSR by world wide mass media company (but it was more politic, then ecologict reason). West win this game, but use  asbestos(mainly, from USA and Canada)in construction materials till now, but without "media noise" (asbestos is natural cheap material with unic propeties). Few years ago National Cort of USA (I don't know the real name this body in English, sorry) officially allow to use asbestos in construction materials (without massmedia company).

I'm not a fun of asbestos, I prefer use clay or lime stucco, but truth is truth.


Evgeny Shirokov

-----Original Message-----From: "John" jswearingen@...
To: "'GSBN'" GSBN@...
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 13:08:31 -0800
Subject: RE: GSBN:Re: GSBN:GSBN re Ecohouse

> <No problem with mice at all. >
> Isn't there a problem with asbestos, though?
>
> John
>
> John Swearingen
>  SKILLFUL MEANS
> design and construction
> www.skillful-means.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] On Behalf Of Evgen Shirokov
> Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 12:14 PM
> To: GSBN
> Subject: GSBN:Re: GSBN:GSBN re Ecohouse
>
>
> Hello,
>
> we have at least 5 straw-bale houses in Belarus covered by asbestos
> sheeting, oldest is 4 years. No problem with mice at all. If you made
> asbestos sheeting (10-12mm)without holes, mice can't destroy it, i think, or
> , may be, only some special Siberian mice... From our experiance: mice never
> enter straw-bale walls, if wall have good dencity, sheeting is closer with
> bales (or use ray straw- mice never go in, in any case).
>
> Evgeny Shirokov
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Jakub Wihan" kuba@...
> To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
> Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 18:03:45 +0100
> Subject: 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.
> >
> > Love
> >
> > Kuba
> >
> >
> > ----- 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 I 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 clad
> > > the straw in the way that they have, so I am delighted that it is
> proving
> > > to
> > > 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
> > > in
> > > Wales in 1996, and this had full planning permission and Building
> > > regulation
> > > approval. It was also featured on the BBC programme Countryfile in early
> > > 1997.
> > >
> > > Best wishes
> > > Barbara
> > >
> > > Warning! Strawbale Building Can Seriously Transform Your Life!
> > >
> > > Amazon Nails-Strawbalefutures. A not-for-profit social enterprise.
> > > www.strawbalefutures.org.uk info@...
> > > Tel: 00 44 (0) 845 458 2173
> > > Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden, W.Yorks OL14 8RJ
> > >
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] On Behalf Of Bruce
> > > King
> > > Sent: 10 January 2007 23:25
> > > To: GSBN
> > > 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 surface.
> > >
> > > see
> > > <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.swarch.co.uk/PROJECTS/type2/Project4/sos%20information.pd";>http://www.swarch.co.uk/PROJECTS/type2/Project4/sos%20information.pd</a>
> > > f
> > >
> > > 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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