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GSBN:Re: SB in the tropics

I agree with Bruce that most tropical locations and building designs
don't make sense for strawbale building.  However, I would like to
remind us to keep in mind the climatic diversity that exists in most
countries.  I lived a year in Ecuador, within 100 miles of the Equator.
Students built fires in the fireplace for warmth, almost every day, at
my school.

There are millions of people living in the tropics, in locations that
are dry and hot, or cool/cold with moderate humidity.  Some of these
people would be well-served by SB buildings.


--On February 6, 2007 9:05:00 AM -0800 Bruce King
ecobruce@... wrote:

I will be traveling to San Juan, Nicaragua for an earthen standards
gathering at the end of March, and know for a fact that a Canadian NGO
has built several SB buildings there.  I've also heard that they're
already melting, and will try and investigate.

I truly don't see the point of building with bales in the tropics
UNLESS you're going to use air conditioning, and without air
conditioning it would be very hard to make durable (non-melting)
buildings.  It's the tropics!  You need a good roof, insect screens,
and just enough walls for privacy (and, in earthquake areas,
stability).  Wall insulation is downright silly.

Anyone know of other SB buildings in Nicaragua?

Bruce King, PE
Director, Ecological Building Network  ( www.ecobuildnetwork.org )
Publisher, Green Building Press  ( www.greenbuildingpress.com )
11 Mark Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903  USA
(415) 987-7271
bruce@ ecobuildnetwork.org

Derek Roff
Language Learning Center
Ortega Hall 129, MSC03-2100
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
505/277-7368, fax 505/277-3885
Internet: derek@...