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GSBN:Another big one on the way



This project's been getting a fair bit of press.

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<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.bdcnetwork.com/article/CA6410026.html";>http://www.bdcnetwork.com/article/CA6410026.html</a>

Eco-friendly school will use straw-bale construction for walls
When completed this spring, the 26,900-sf Friends Community School in
Greenbelt, Md., will be one of the largest straw-bale structures in
the world. The Building Team specified straw-bale construction
because of its environmental qualities, insulation value, and
durability against wind, pests, and moisture. Designed by
Baltimore-based Hord Coplan Macht, the $5.7 million school will also
feature a vegetated roof, daylight harvesting, and heat-recovery
systems. During cold months, radiant flooring made of stained
concrete will absorb the sun's heat and keep the floors warm. When
sunlight isn't available, the floor will be heated by hot-water
pipes. Surrounded by 17 acres of wilderness, the school will have
large windows to take in views of the wetlands, just 25 feet away.
The facility is expected to earn LEED Silver certification from the
U.S. Green Building Council. Other team members include MEP engineer
Schlenger/Pitz &amp; Associates, Timonium, Md., structural engineer
Skarda &amp; Associates, and straw-bale consultant Furbish Co., both of Baltimore.

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And who is Furbish Co.? Beats me. From their website, it appears that
they've done one SB McMansion (which a Google search seems to
indicate is Mike Furbish's own residence). I'm just sayin'.
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