[GSBN] research into air quality in straw bale house
kuba at jakubwihan.com
Wed Dec 3 08:11:19 CST 2014
I am doing a research about air quality inside straw bale buildings. I
am particularly interested in how a "usual" kind of mold in baled
straw inside a plastered wall affects air quality within indoor
environment and how healthy that environment is. I would like to know
if there is any scientific paper written on this subject.
I hope you will not mind me asking to give me some further links, or
pointers. In any case, I would be grateful to hear your opinion.
I have contacted Stephen Collette> http://www.yourhealthyhouse.ca/ to
give his expertise. I thought it might be useful for all of us to
hear. Please see excerpt from his e-mail below.
Have a peaceful Advent time full of warmth and happiness.
With warm wishes
On 3 Nov 2014, at 16:26, Stephen Collette wrote:
> As for your questions Jakub:
> I do not have any specific research, university type, looking at the
> moulds in straw bale homes. I have come across some in my
> professional practice. (To summarize, I used to build, worked on 2
> dozen straw bale buildings. Now I am a consultant, building science
> geek and know a fair bit about natural building sciences, teaching
> it through the Building Biology Institute in the US.)
> As for how it impacts the air quality within a house, I would say it
> is negligible, under normal conditions. Fibreglass, unfortunately
> common in North America can hold crap loads of mould and water, and
> that type of wall system is quite "loose" compared to a plastered
> wall, which are not so common here. Plastered walls reduce air
> leakage, and therefore pathways of concern. Also the walls are so
> dense, to slow air movement in and of themselves, irrespective of
> the plaster.
> All the best.
> Stephen Collette BBEC, LEED AP, BSSO
> Your Healthy House - Indoor Environmental Testing & Building
> stephen at yourhealthyhouse.ca
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