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GSBN: Digest for 12/11/07

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-> SB in Cyprus
     by "Chug" chug@...
-> Fwd: CASBA_ Pea Gravel
     by Catherine Wanek cat@...


Date: 11 Dec 2007 05:40:37 -0500
From: "Chug" chug@...
Subject: SB in Cyprus

Greetings baleheads

anyone got any SB contacts for Cyprus please?

bale on
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/";>http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/</a>


Date: 11 Dec 2007 21:47:50 -0500
From: Catherine Wanek cat@...
Subject: Fwd: CASBA_ Pea Gravel

I am forwarding this inquiry from the California 
Straw Building Association (CASBA) list from 
award-winning architects David Arkin &amp; Anni 
Tilt.   Perhaps this will stimulate discussion on the GSBN e-waves.
- -Cat

>From: "David Arkin, AIA" david@...
>Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 17:21:39 -0800
>Subject: CASBA_Mem Pea Gravel
>Fellow CASBAnauts (CASBAnuts?):
>We haven't used pea gravel between our sill 
>plates for some time now, using rigid insulation 
>instead.  My opinion is that if a bale wall has 
>enough water in it to need 'drainage' (from any 
>source), those bales are goners.
>The building official in Sonoma is citing it's 
>recommendation in SB332 as a good enough reason 
>to require that it be there.  SB332 says, "There 
>shall also be a drainage plane between the straw 
>and the top of the foundation, such as a one 
>inch layer of pea gravel."  Does anyone know of the intent of this?
>More importantly, does anyone know of any 
>testing as to why this might (or might not) be a good idea?
>Your thoughts (and/or Holiday Greetings) always appreciated,
>David and Anni
>*  *  *  *  *
>Arkin Tilt Architects
>Ecological Planning &amp; Design
>David Arkin, AIA, Architect
>LEED Accredited Professional
>CA #C22459/NV #5030
>1101 8th St. #180, Berkeley, CA  94710
>"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."
>o A. J. Muste
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>use REPLY ALL to respond to the entire list.
>CASBA Website can be found at <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbuilding.org";>http://www.strawbuilding.org</a>


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