[GSBN] Question about SB insulation at foundation/ceiling
jc10508 at windstream.net
Mon Jan 23 19:31:24 CST 2012
Thanks for sharing, Frank. We all learn from our experiments and ideas
whether they work or not.
What I hoped was that some GSBNers would post comment [perhaps without
making specific references to projects or people] explaining that the
suggestions in the drawing might not be the best solutions - and offering up
lessons learned or better solutions to the question of insulation in the
ceiling and slab/foundation.
> Well now,
> that is pretty interesting.
> Thanks, Joyce, for sounding the alarm.
> Before I actually (physically and personally), had built any SB houses,
> I naturally ass-u-me-d that bales in the floor and ceiling were a good
> It is too bad that the article in finehomebuilding references the
> experimental work of Michel Bergeron, of ArchiBio, in the
> ground-breaking book of Steen/Steen/Bainbridge/and Eisenberg. I love
> the book, and it is what gave me hope for the idea of burying bales
> below grade.
> Fortunately for me, Linda Chapman, (archi. from Ottawa), talked with me
> about doing this in the early nineties.
> She had boldly gone where no one had gone before. And the floor rotted.
> And there was the evidence from the huge three-story yoga retreat
> centre, built in Quebec,
> which was such a rotten embarrassment, that I won't mention it anymore.
> Then there's the theory that if you stick each bale into a garbage bad
> before you bury them under the floor ...
> just to say I did, I took a bale, put it into a garbage bag, and placed
> it into a weather-protected shed, to see what happened.
> First of all, it took three trys with the garbage bad to place a bale
> into it, without it being punctured by straw.
> Secondly, during the summer of 2000, which was a fairly wet year, the
> bale self-composted, with out having had a drop of rain on it. I imagine
> that relative humidity was all it took. It was full of mildew in two
> months time.
> I have to say, though, that the idea is so intriguing, that it captures
> the imagination of quite a few clients, who would wish me to design a
> foundation using straw bales.
> Maybe it's just a stupid idea, here in a climate with huge weather
> extremes, (+35C to -35C), and many days of damp rainy weather?
> Maybe all the ideas have not been tried as yet?
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