[GSBN] Data base of approved natural building codes

Kyle Holzhueter nihondaigaku.kairu at gmail.com
Tue May 13 18:35:51 CDT 2014


I second James Henderson's nomination. He's been incredibly helpful in
developing a mixer for light straw clay and other insights as well.

Thanks,
Kyle

Lastly, I would like to advise that James Henderson from Clayworks should
> become a GSBN member. He has worked with Bill and Athena Steen and has run
> a number of workshops both with me and independently. If anyone can support
> this call it would be appreciated. James will be going back to America to
> live and work there and we wish him all the best getting back on his feet
> there. If you have not yet seen it, James has recently written a rendering
> book which I highly recommend titled “Earth Render – The art of clay
> plaster, render and paints”.
>
> Thank you all,
>
> Regards
>
> Frank Thomas
>
> Strawtec
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> Ph: +61 (0) 2 44435282 Mobile: +61 (0) 408415806
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>  *From:* Bruce EBNet <bruce at ecobuildnetwork.org>
> *Sent:* Monday, May 12, 2014 9:49 AM
> *To:* Global Straw Building Network <GSBN at sustainablesources.com>
> *Subject:* Re: [GSBN] Data base of approved natural building codes
>
>
> Today I found & sent to Andy Horn the paper I did six years ago reviewing
> all the earthen codes and standards -- a preparatory phase for then
> rewriting the ASTM standard.
>
> I anyone else wants a copy, just give me a holler.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bruce King
>  www.ecobuildnetwork.org
> (415) 987-7271
> Skype: brucekingokok
> Twitter: @brucekinggreen
> http://bruce-king.com/
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>  On May 11, 2014, at 3:12 PM, Graeme North <graeme at ecodesign.co.nz> wrote:
>
>  Hi Martin
>
> would you mind sending me the light straw clay codes -guidelines too
> please?
>
> thanks
>
> Graeme
>  On 12/05/2014, at 2:22 AM, martin hammer <mfhammer at pacbell.net> wrote:
>
>  Hi Andy,
>
> In a separate e-mail I will send you the following:
>
>
>    - Strawbale Construction appendix, as approved for the 2015
>    International Residential Code
>    - Light Straw-Clay appendix, as approved for the 2015 International
>    Residential Code
>    - Adobe section of the 2012 International Building Code (Section
>    2109.3)
>    - Appendix Chapter 71- Earthen Material Structures – Tucson / Pima
>    County, Arizona
>    - Clay Straw Guidelines – State of New Mexico
>    - Light Straw Clay Code – State of Oregon
>    - Light Straw Clay Code – City of Porland, Oregon
>
>
> I think you have ASTM E2392 / E2392M – Standard Guide for Design of
> Earthen Wall Building Systems (that David Eisenberg initiated around 2001,
> and Bruce King lead the revision of in 2010)
>
> I also have 12 US Straw Bale codes (State, County or City), the Belarus SB
> Code, the New Zealand SB BRANZ Bulletin, the Denmark Halmhuse document
> (mostly in Danish) which I understand is a de facto code
>
> I also have a few codes or code related documents on bamboo.
>
> As far as I know, most if not all of the above codes or official
> guidelines are in effect (or in the case of the first three are, or will
> soon be, in the “International” model codes)
>
> So I will e-mail you the bullet point items, and if requested I can do the
> same for any other item I mentioned (except possibly the ASTM Standard
> which strictly speaking is not transferable).
>
> If anyone else is interested in any of the above, please let me know.
>
>
> Note that today is Mother’s Day (at least in the US) (Happy Mother’s Day
> everyone!) and Bruce may have a full day planned with his lovely wife
> Sarah, which could affect his ability to respond before your meeting
> tomorrow.  I have a full day planned for my lovely wife, . . . but she’s
> not awake yet (!).
>
> Best of luck with your meeting.
>
>
> Martin (is it Code in here, or is it me?) Hammer
>
>
>
>
> On 5/11/14 6:07 AM, "Andy Horn" <andy at ecodesignarchitects.co.za> wrote:
>
> Dear Bruce
> Sorry to push you, but please will you send that survey of earthen
> building standards and codes that you said you did about 6 years ago.
>
> I am busy agitating the powers that be – and meet with a group of
> stakeholders tomorrow including our Standards Bureau - and so really need
> as much info as I can get my hands on.
>
> Thanks Graeme for your update about the New Zealand codes and their
> technical committee.
>
> Any other inputs are most welcome.
>
>
> Kind regards,
> Andy Horn
>
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> *From:* GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com [
> mailto:GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com<GSBN-bounces at sustainablesources.com>]
> *On Behalf Of *Bruce EBNet
> *Sent:* 12 March 2014 11:17 PM
> *To:* Global Straw Building Network
> *Subject:* Re: [GSBN] Data base of approved natural building codes
>
>
>
> I did a complete survey and review, about 6 years ago, of earthen building
> standards and codes around the world.  Be glad to share it, but am
> super-swamped for the next week and It will take a bit of digging to find.
> Since then, I know of several efforts to develop cob standards, not to
> mention Martin Hammer et al recently bringing straw bale into the
> International Building Code.
>
>
>
> More soon,
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
>
> Bruce King, PE
>
>
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> On Mar 12, 2014, at 2:10 PM, Graeme North <graeme at ecodesign.co.nz> wrote:
>
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> On 13/03/2014, at 2:15 AM, Andy Horn <andy at ecodesignarchitects.co.za>
> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all
>
> While this is not specifically about straw bale building, my question
> ultimately will relate back to getting a straw bale code along with other
> natural building codes established for the Southern part of Africa.
>
>
>
> I am trying to motivate our South African standards body to look at
> standards for earthen buildings at the moment, of which incredibly despite
> numerous earthen buildings (mostly informal or traditional), we don’t have
> any. As one might guess amongst other reasons the cement, steel and brick
> industries are still very much in control in this country.
>
>
>
> South Africa is part of a process amongst SADC - The Southern Africa
> Development Countries - to harmonize its various standards between its
> trading partners.
>
>
>
> Zimbabwe have a rammed earth building code and this standard, after much
> effort, last April has been adopted though this “SADCSTAN” process for all
> member states. This was after 8 out of the 10 voting countries voted in
> favour of adopting the standard. So we now have an official standard
> (SADCSTAN/TC1 SC5-001 SAZ724 Standard Code of Practice for Rammed Earth
> Structures ) for the SADC region that is meant to be published in each
> member state by each of its various standards bodies.
>
>
>
> Unfortunately despite heavy lobbying by interested people, our standards
> board – SABS – representing South Africa did not vote in favour of the code
> and are now refusing to publish the standard locally. As such I have
> started a process to try and get them to rethink their position.
>
>
>
> As part of the detailed motivation form that I have to fill out as the
> official route to get them to look at adopting a standard, I am being asked:
>
>
>
> QUESTION 1: What other (earth) building codes, regional or national or
> international – that include rammed earth – besides our Zimbabwe rammed
> earth building code are there?
>
> So far I know of:
>
> - the New Zealand Earth building codes
> *(NZS4297-1998, NZS4298-1998, & NZS4299-1998,  )*
> - the USA Tucson Pima County earth building code
> *(1997 Uniform Administrative Code Amendment for Earthen Material and
> Straw Bale Structures)*
>
> *Tucson/Pima County, Arizona "APPENDIX CHAPTER 71 - EARTHEN MATERIAL
> STRUCTURES”)*
> - the German earth building codes:
> *National Material Code for Prefabricated Earth Products DIN 18945 till
> -47 (blocks, masonry mortar, plaster)*
>
>
> (I still need to investigate and contact Craterre-EAG in this regard and
> perhaps UNESCO)
>
>
>
> QUESTION 2: What international or foreign national technical committee’s
> working in this field are there?
>
>
> Earth Building Standards
>
>
>
> Standards New Zealand Committee BD/083 is currently revising the three
> earth buildings standards. (Engineering, Materials and Workmanship, and
> Deemed to Comply)
>
> Currently they cover mud brick, pressed earth brick, and rammed earth with
> a nod to poured earth, cob, earth plasters and earth floors.
>
> They will now fully cover mud brick/adobe, cob, rammed earth, pressed
> earth brick, poured earth, internal earth brick veneers, earth floors and
> earth plasters.
>
> The range of densities of earthen materials they will now include will be
> between 800 and 2000 kg/cub.m, with walls between 280 and 500mm thick
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Getting our SABS to adopt the rammed earth code would be a major foot in
> the door for us to get our corporate minded authorities to re-consider
> earth and other natural materials as a viable and sustainable way to
> build.
>
>
>
> However, this would I believe just be the start of a drive to push for
> codes for all natural building and appropriate technology type codes...
> including the ICC’s straw bale and light straw clay standard of course as
> well as others like cob, adobe, wattle and daub, earth bag, sandbag,
> urbanite, stone, bamboo, bottle walls, cordwood, earthen plasters etc.
> So....
>
>
>
> QUESTION 3: In addition to codes on rammed earth, I would be interested in
> knowing about any other natural building codes that may exist.....so please
> send any links or info you know of that you think will be of help.
>
>
>
> Perhaps to stream line things in your responses you can add a prefix:
>
> 1 - Earth building codes
>
> 2 - Natural building Technical code committees
>
> 3 - Other natural building code
>
>
>
> I am looking forward to your many - I hope - inputs and once I have
> compiled as complete a list as possible, I will email it back for everyone.
>
>
>
> Many thanks
>
> Andy Horn
>
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