[GSBN] SB and allergies

valentina maini vmaini at mac.com
Sun Dec 20 16:41:10 CST 2015

Dear Lars and all,
i had experience of interior's project for a "white room" for people affected by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electro Sensitivity  for a bureaux of lawyers working for them..
and it was a "change life" experience...really sad... because all natural "organic" materials had to be avoided ...
we had test with several people with different grade of intensity of sensitivity... you can see the pictures of the process of the work here: https://youtu.be/0xf9pFwZ7kw  (6 min)

the best and ONLY insulation material accepted: foamglass
earth panels were accepted with some exception.. but much better than enything else
all found silicate painting suitable
earthclay bricks were valued lower than normal bricks 
we had to avoid wood...
and had a struggle to get lime without additives..
in the video you will see a lot of other materials used to breakdown electromagnetic fields..

i think you should really test with your potential client ..each person is a case.

big hug, and season greetings to you and all, 

Valentina Maini
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El 20/12/2015, a las 23:09, Lance Kairl escribió:

> Greetings all
> Those that have multiple sensitivities
> Become hyper alert to all smells ( even water has a smell )
> And depending on the individual they may be cautious about smells , rather than understanding  the compounds that they have reactions to.
> Wheat straw allergies exist, and are usually ( usually) of no concern once the walls are plastered.
> However some people reactions to the wheat straw are such that they discount the use of wheat straw out of ,( fear) ,
> Or their known experience of their reactions, and the unknown protection that plaster will give them.
> Some plasterboard compounds are full of nasties, however some of the cornice glues  can be used as flushing compound and are acceptable for some.
> Mind you the same client  happily bought a new car , with all its vynal off gassing.
> In short its not only the finishes that may need considering,
> It will depend on the types of sensitivities and reactions the person has/ gets.
> It may well be a long process of elimination that will need to  happen before commencing construction.
> Good luck with the journey.
> Cheers Lance Kairl
> House of Bales
> ps  seasons greetings.
> From: Gsbn [mailto:gsbn-bounces at sustainablesources.com] On Behalf Of Lars Keller
> Sent: Monday, 21 December 2015 7:23 AM
> To: Global Straw Building Network (private, with public archives)
> Subject: [GSBN] SB and allergies
> Hi everyone,
> I have a potential client with various allergies who inquires whether SB-homes are safe for him.
> For a clay-plastered SB-home I am thinking about the answer in regard to the plastered walls only. Not floors, ceilings, ventilation systems, furniture etc.
> Does anyone know if I am right in assuming that it is only relevant to know about clayplasters and the paints used if any.
> Best regards,
> Lars Keller
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