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-> SB in China
     by "Andre_de_Bouter" forum@...
-> Re: SB in China
     by Kelly Lerner klerner@...


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Date: 31 Oct 2007 08:20:01 -0500
From: "Andre_de_Bouter" forum@...
Subject: SB in China

Hello Kelly, (and/or any others who have info on the Chinese sb building
program)


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.
contact@...
ACHTE Christophe achte_christophe@...

Bye,
Andr#233#


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Date: 31 Oct 2007 10:25:42 -0500
From: Kelly Lerner klerner@...
Subject: Re: SB in China

Hi all,
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&amp;theProjectID=292";>http://www.worldhabitatawards.org/winners-and-finalists/project-details.cfm?lang=00&amp;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, Andre de Bouter wrote:
>Hello Kelly, (and/or any others who have info on the Chinese sb building
>program)
>
>
>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.
>contact@...
>ACHTE Christophe achte_christophe@...
>
>Bye,
>Andre

>
>

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