From: Richard L. Hess
[mailto:RLHess(--nospam--at)HessEng.com] Sent: Saturday, 17 November 2007
06:15 To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: RE: Subject: Re:
Does the government require a warning
notice on it to tell people who get hay fever that it may affect their health;
especially if they are pregnant.
-----Original Message----- From: Pinyon Engineering
[mailto:Pinyonengineering(--nospam--at)hughes.net] Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Subject: Re: sustainable
Subject: Re: sustainable companies
well some are trying to do the weird green thing.
check out http://www.strawbuilding.org/ that
is the California Straw Building Association CASBA -- yes walls made of
strawbales in high seismic zones (tax credit for using straw too!) a few
years ago they got money from the state to do a structural testing program on
strawbale walls and shear walls (testing research papers at http://www.ecobuildnetwork.org/).
the result is a new book by Bruce King titled Design of Strawbale Buildings
(the nerdest strawbale book ever) they did a full scale test of a
plastered strawbale wall (got about 610 plf as a design value) (they also
passed a 2-hour ASTM fire test). CASBA also has a draft appendix for strawbale
construction before the California Building Standards Commission.
I have designed quite a few strawbale buildings. anyway
check out the resource list from the CASBA website for engineers and firms that
are building with straw and thinking of the world in a different way.
wow ! ! it looks like I over spent my $0.02
Tim Rudolph PE
writing this from my strawbale home/office -with 24"
thick walls @ R30 walls & R50 attic insulation