[GSBN] Strawbale houses can fly!
mfhammer at pacbell.net
Tue Mar 24 13:51:41 CDT 2009
Thanks Catherine. It¹s amazing to watch the beautiful straw bale Ecohouse
³fly² from its birthplace in the National Mall to its permanent home in
Very recently another SB house took to the air. At last weekend¹s CASBA
conference Darcey Donovan showed a slide of the full scale Pakistan house
specimen built at the University of Nevada, being lifted by crane and
³flying² over to the indoor shake table for testing.
The shake table test will occur this Friday. We¹re looking forward to what
this important test will reveal about the system being used in Pakistan, and
SB in general. To my knowledge it will be the first full scale SB building
to be tested on a shake table.
On 3/18/09 5:50 PM, "BuildersWithoutBorders"
<mail at builderswithoutborders.org> wrote:
> Hi All -
> Thanks for all the useful input on ground source heat systems.
> I have a short strawbale fire story I will post soon.
> Meanwhile....there's a new installment of the BWB strawbale ecohouse story
> (that was built last May for an exhibition on sustainability at the US Botanic
> Garden, in the shadow of the US Capitol).
> They liked it, they really liked it, and kept it around an extra 4 1/2 months.
> When we visited in January for the Inauguration, we were told they (the USBG)
> wished they had known how beautiful it would turn out, because they would have
> tried to figure out how to keep it. (It literally takes an act of congress to
> build something new on the National Mall.....)
> Last week with the help of a big crane, the 12x16 loadbearing strawbale
> cottage, minus the roof, (weight 14,500 pounds), was lifted up and set down
> onto a trailer, where it was transported about 25 miles to its new home in
> Maryland. I invite you to visit : http://www.breathworkstudio.blogspot.com/
> to see some photos and video of the move (by Eric Hempstead, a member of our
> building team).
> For photos of the construction process and the finished building in its
> original setting, visit www.builderswithoutborders.org
> <http://www.builderswithoutborders.org/> and
> happy solstice,
> Catherine Wanek
> Builders Without Borders
> <mail at builderswithoutborders.org>
> www.builderswithoutborders.org <http://www.builderswithoutborders.org/>
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