[GSBN] Clay plaster language for IBC
mfhammer at pacbell.net
Wed Jan 18 09:06:31 CST 2012
Frank, Ingrid, and others who have responded,
I will wait until end of today (Wednesday), and then reply about the next
step to those who have expressed interest. Thanks very much to those who
replied (both on and off-list).
On 1/17/12 5:57 PM, "Frank & Ingrid" <strawbales at bigpond.com> wrote:
> Just a quick note to thank you Martin. Yes we like to be part of the mini
> task force !
> Thanks again.
> Frank & Ingrid
> Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, Strawbale Construction
> Ph. & Fax: 02 4443 5282 Mobile: 040841 5806
> strawbales at bigpond.com
> From: GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com
> [mailto:GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com] On Behalf Of martin hammer
> Sent: Tuesday, 17 January 2012 7:11 PM
> To: GSBN
> Subject: [GSBN] Clay plaster language for IBC
> Hello all,
> I proposed a Strawbale Construction section for the International Building
> Code (IBC) on January 3. I have been allowed by the International Code
> Council to make adjustments until January 25, before the proposal becomes
> I have continued refining the language with a structural task force (that has
> worked on this since October) as well as obtaining input from the Structural
> Engineers Association of California, a long time opponent strawbale
> construction in building codes. They are now pulling on the same end of the
> rope. Dan Smith and John Swearingen of this list have helped adjust the
> non-structural language. I also received input from Andy Mueller of this list
> for a renewed Northeastern US perspective.
> One area of this ³code² I feel is under-developed is the part on Clay Plaster
> (and secondarily Soil-Cement). An entire section is devoted to ³Finishes²,
> which is mostly about plasters. This includes clay, soil-cement, lime,
> cement-lime, cement, and gypsum plasters. For the last four plaster types I
> reference long-standing sections of the International Building Code or ASTM
> Standards (with a some adjustments for use of these plasters on strawbale
> walls). Wherever possible (and wherever not inappropriate for strawbale) it
> is best for this proposed strawbale section to be in sync with the IBC and its
> referenced standards.
> However clay plaster (and soil-cement plaster) is new territory for the IBC.
> New language must be forged here, but it needs to be code-appropriate as
> * Minimum practice, not best practice.
> * Enforceable
> * Says what shall be or shall not be done, not what should or may be done.
> Would anyone from this list (with good clay plaster experience) like to be
> part of a mini task force on this issue? If people let me know by end of
> Wednesday January 18, the individual or small group (no more than 3?) would
> have through Monday January 23 to propose language. I could send you what I
> have currently off-list or you could choose to be blind to it. Looking at
> existing language regarding plasters in the IBC or in ASTM standards (if you
> have access to these), is not mandatory but might be useful.
> Is anyone willing and able?
> Martin Hammer
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