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GSBN:Re: SB in China
The best written description of the program can
be found on-line at
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.worldhabitatawards.org/winners-and-finalists/project-details.cfm?lang=00&theProjectID=292">http://www.worldhabitatawards.org/winners-and-finalists/project-details.cfm?lang=00&theProjectID=292</a>
If that isn't enough, I could also send the
application that I wrote for the World Habitat
Award 2005 - it's pretty detailed, though.
In spite of a project slow down due to leadership
changes, it looks like strawbale in China may be
picking up again. Here is the latest from Linda
Zhu, the ADRA China Country Director. Looks like
the SB planting and cultivation we've done since
1998 is beginning to bear indigenous fruit :).
Long time no talk. I have been very busy
developing proposals and writing reports. We are
still searching for a program director. At the
meantime I have to do everything I can to keep things going.
I developed a two year proposal and sent to one
donor and there is no reply yet. Max asked me
for a proposal and I will give him soon. What we
plan to do is to organize provincial wide
training by local trainers, at the same time we
also train private construction companies,
support them with partial cost of a baler, but
they must guarantee to build certain number of
straw bale houses in two years. They need to
find a government guarantor in order to receive
baler support. I have discussed with Mr. Xing at
length and both of us think this will work. Xing
will be hired as part time work for ADRA as soon as we have funding.
While we are searching for program director, I am
also getting short term consultants to help
develop projects, I have secured one from ADRA
Mongolia to help with our microfinance project,
another one from ADRA International to help with
health project, Scott helped with write proposal
for environmental projects. We have a mobile
clinic project that will start in a month or so
in southern China, a new project office will be
established. In the future we will hire local
people to work in project office rather than
hiring expensive staff from Beijing. Each office
is headed by a project director who can speak
English. Local staff are not required to speak English.
This is a good news for SB project. Recently
Urban Planning Research Institute of Qinghua
University which is most prestigous University in
China visited our office. They are doing a
project in Miyun where is two hours away from
Beijing, it is one of the counties in
Beijing. They want to build two stories energy
efficient houses for rural residents. The
government gave each family 100,000 Yuan as
subsidy, once their energy efficiency level meets
the standard, they can get another 30,000
Yuan. This year they want to build one
demonstration house first, then build 100 houses
next year. They want to start now and complete
before it is really cold. Construction still
goes on in Beijing till December. Attached is
their appearance drawing for your
information. They will use solar heaters in the
house. When this is successful, they will
broadcast it in TV across China. This institute
identified straw bales as the wall material due
to its insulation value. I lent them some of the
English books and they can read. This will make
a big impact. They asked me to recommend a
person who has experience building straw bale
houses to supervise the construction for them in
Miyun. I called Mr. Xing and he offerred
himself. Now they are in contact to discuss the
compensation. If things go well, he can come in
early November for two weeks. I will go to the
site to visit the house. It will be a good
showcase since it is so close to Beijing.
Talk to you later when there is more progress.
At 06:01 AM 10/31/2007, André de Bouter wrote:
Hello Kelly, (and/or any others who have info on the Chinese sb building
Christophe Achte, an engineer student at the French army (who helps us
translating 'Desing of SB Buildings') is writing his thesis. I told him
about the Chineese SB program and now he's looking for any writen
information (english is ok) on the subjet to show how interventions can
have a positive local impact. The idea being that when the french army
goes to Afganistan (for instance) a lot of buildings are put up. He
wants to propose to build them with local sustainable materials.
If anyone has any info can you please sent it to him AND to me.
ACHTE Christophe achte_christophe@...
In the age of global warming, it's cool to be green.
Have you read Natural Remodeling for the
Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature?
Available in bookstores throughout the universe.
Kelly Lerner, Architect
One World Design 509-838-8812
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