[GSBN] Zone D Load Bearing

Darcey Messner Donovan ecoengineering at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 17:41:34 CDT 2016

Hi Mark,

What about the PAKSBAB system? It's load-bearing, single story,
simple/low-cost, and appropriate for Seismic Design Category D (passed
rigorous seismic trials).

The experimental report and executive summary are available on the BuildWell
Source -
le-1/210-paksbab-experimental-report-and-appendix-darcey-donovan-2014 and

Feel free to contact me for more info.

Kind regards,


Darcey Messner Donovan, P.E.
Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (PAKSBAB)
+1-530-902-5516 Ph
darcey at paksbab.org

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Subject: [GSBN] Zone D Load Bearing

Greetings all,

I have been contacted to possibly build nine straw bale homes in Idaho. They
are on a tight budget and I would like to build these as load bearing single
story homes. Any thoughts out there on Zone D seismic and being able to do
this. I have done load bearing in Zone C but not D. 

Thanks for your valuable thoughts,

Mark Jensen

Big M Construction
PO Box 1596
Bozeman, MT 59771

(406)599-4220 (Cell)
(815) 305-1393 (Fax)

bigmconst at gmail.com

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