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GSBN:Re: GSBN:Straw Bale in Lithuania



<x-charset koi8-r>Dear SB brothers and sisters,

Edita visit us last winter, and I hope, SB housing will have great future in
Lithuania.
Nothing new with "official resistance": it's normal reaction from burecracy any kind - state, construction, sometimes UN-GEF (last year our $4000000 SB project with Belarus state co-finance 50/50 was rejected by new "GEF climate officials" on last stage with resume:"We don't intrested in this project").

My visit in Moscow last week was intresting: we participate in Russian National competition "House of Future for Russia" with our new SB houses? was elected as finalists, and get best estimation from experts, but get only second prize: top construction official told us:" If we say, that future housing of Russia will be SB, President will deside -we all are crazy". But SB "show must go on" - our SB projects rize up this year in 6 regions of Russia - Krasnodar, Volgograd, Uhta, Moscow, Omsk, Novosibirsk. We get a lot of resistance from construction business and local governments, but SB houses will be finished and officially adopted this year in Russia.

Evgeny Shirokov



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From: Martin Hammer mfhammer@...
To: GSBN GSBN@...
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 07:36:08 -0700
Subject: GSBN:Straw Bale in Lithuania

> 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
> building.
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> Edita:
>
> "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:
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> ?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:
> www.siaudunamai.lt
> 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?
> Direktor?
> Atsinaujinan&#xE8;ios energijos informacijos konsultacinis centras
> Vytenio 10-60, 03001 Vilnius, LITHUANIA
> +37067049647
> www.siaudunamai.lt
> www.ateik.info
> info@...
>
> 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.
>
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> Martin Hammer
> California
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