[GSBN] Insurance

martin hammer mfhammer at pacbell.net
Fri May 16 14:36:07 CDT 2014


Mark,

I think it was a good idea to also include the ASTM E-119 fire test results.
You might also consider referring people to the SB code supporting
documentation page on EBNet¹s website:

http://www.ecobuildnetwork.org/index.php/projects/straw-bale-code-supporting
-documents

It contains many key testing and research reports, including the fire tests.

That¹s troubling, that the insurance companies listed on the SB registry are
declining to insure SB buildings.  It makes me think of informing the
national insurance companies of ICC¹s approval of straw bale construction
(and light straw-clay) for one and two family residences.  To start with
that, and see where it leads as a means of changing their policy.  Will
consider doing this.

Martin


On 5/11/14 12:48 PM, "Mark Jensen" <markj at redfeather.org> wrote:

> Martin, It seems to be the latter. I have sent copies of the appendix PDF and
> ASTM E-119 test results. I did find the Farmers Bureau will insure this home
> and at a reasonable rate. But I tried many of the national insurance companies
> listed on the straw bale registry to little success. 
> 
> Thanks,
> Mark
> 
> 
> On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM, martin hammer <mfhammer at pacbell.net> wrote:
>> Hi Mark,
>> 
>> Does ³no market² mean they don¹t see any SB homes come across their desk, or
>> is that a euphemism for a policy to not insure because they view SB homes as
>> risky structures.  
>> 
>> If it¹s the former, why should that matter?  As soon as one SB home is on
>> their desk, that¹s a market and a customer.
>> 
>> If it¹s the latter, I wonder if telling and showing them that a Strawbale
>> Construction appendix was approved for the 2015 International Residential
>> Code could change the policy.
>> 
>> Good luck.
>> 
>> Martin Hammer
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On 5/9/14 9:28 AM, "Mark Jensen" <markj at redfeather.org
>> <http://markj@redfeather.org> > wrote:
>> 
>>> Greetings all,
>>> 
>>> I am working on a straw bale home here in Montana and the bank is asking
>>> about homeowners insurance. My resource in the past no longer has a market
>>> for straw bale and calling many of the insurance companies from the straw
>>> bale registry have been reporting the same thing, no market. This can't be
>>> true as we are building homes all over the place and we must be insuring
>>> them. My work with Red Feather, we used Amerind Insurance, but they only
>>> provide for American Indians.
>>> 
>>> Thank you for your responses.
>>> 
>>> I hope to see ya all in NZ 2016!
>>> 
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