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Re: GSBN:Re: Fire-Resistant Straw Bale and Fighting a SB fire

Love to hear more on how the fire spread
Sounds very dangerous to provide a chimney formed by studs right next to uncoated SB! This is a nightmare scenario to me. Maybe it was not that bad but it violates all I thought we knew about proper SB design.

Bob Bolles wrote:
On Dec 20, 2007 4:25 AM, Bob Bolles bobbolles01@... wrote:

Deputy Chief, Don Fisher, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District (Arizona) has
requested information on two aspects of Straw Bale Buildings 1) Features of
SB Construction that make our building more fire resistant 2) How to best
fight a fire in a SB Structure.

Having recently fought his first SB structure fire has motivated him to
research SB buildings and use that information to write an article in a
firefighter's magazine.

In the case of the building fire that Chief Fisher encountered, the
plaster lath was attached to one side of steel studs and girts, and the
Bales were placed on the inside of the studs, creating an air cavity
between. Additionally, the barrier between the top of the Bales and the
attic was OSB. The fire was apparently started by a welding torch.

We would appreciate all of your ideas about how to design and build
Fire-Resistant SBC and what you would like firefighters to know about
dealing with a fire in a Straw Bale Building

If there is enough response, I will also put together a summary to submit
to The Last Straw.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays~


Sustainable Building Systems

San Diego CA USA

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Dr John Straube, P.Eng.
Associate Professor
Dept of Civil Engineering & School of Architecture
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON Canada