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GSBN:Straw Bale in Lithuania

<x-charset ISO-8859-2>Hello all -

I recently received a request from a woman in Lithuania (Edita Milutien?)
for the English translation of the Belarusian SB Code that I facilitated
last year.

Please read this because it leads to some of the most disturbing news (in
bold) I have ever heard regarding government resistance to straw bale


"I am from Lithuania from Renewable Energy Information Consultation Center.
Now we do international project ?Promotion of Straw Bale Building for the
Climate Change Mitigation?. The main aim of this project is to inform and
educate society about straw bale technology and to reduce the impact of
building process to climate change."

"Up till now straw bale building is not legal in Lithuania. So we are
collecting information from other countries around and translate to
Lithuania for showing to decision makers. Belorussian information could
help a lot, because this country is close to Lithuania."

I provided the Belarusian Code and other resources to her.  She responded:

?It is very important legalizing straw bale building in Lithuania. And we
will do this step by step.
At the moment it is a lack of understanding at the governmental
institutions, but straw bale building is considered very seriously -
yesterday one specialist from Environmental Protection Agency called and
said they analyze possibility to send me to a prison because of
'misleading' Lithuanian society by promoting straw bale building.  May be it
is connected with attitude of building organizations, which earns huge
profits from selling building materials and have good relations with
governmental institutions.?

?I hope that after one year period there will be no obstacles for people to
build with straw in Lithuania.?

I would appreciate anyone who could contact and offer assistance to Edita,
especially those in the region.  Am I correct there is no one from Lithuania
on the GSBN?

You can see what her organization is about on their website:
In the upper right corner you can click on EN to put the text in English.
Edita?s other contact information is as follows:

Edita Milutien?
Atsinaujinan&#xE8;ios energijos informacijos konsultacinis centras
Vytenio 10-60, 03001 Vilnius, LITHUANIA

The last line is her e-mail address, and I have copied her on this e-mail.

Thank you to anyone who can assist Edita and her organization?s important
work.  Contact from Evgeny Shirokov could be particularly helpful.

Martin Hammer

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