|Re: The Real Con||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Harry Pasternak (Harry_Pasternaktvo.org)|
|Date: Mon, 12 Jun 95 15:16 CDT|
Tom Can you answer Maire questions? Over the years, I have watched many folks become guineau pigs--because someone (a so-called expert) had this "fantastic way" of building. This not only happened with homes; but, with complete communities. Some example: - the "Double Envelope House" that "froze" people in the winter in Vai.l - the "Underground Homes" built in Canada that "froze" people because the ground temperature is certainly different from that of Phoenix (where it can work). - the " Passive Solar Homes" that cooked people in the summer and froze them in the winter. _ the "perfectly planned" city of Columbia Maryland that caused children to cross 8 lanes of expressway (no bridge!) in order to get to the "local" playground--the only real way was to get there by car - And then there is cohousing............ So before people are sent off to build permanent straw bale homes and common buildings, I believe that they should know at least the following: * Tested R Value of Straw Bales: - Can you give me the name of the accredited laboratory (for testing insulation) that tested the "R" value of a fresh straw bale and an aged straw bale ? - It is approved by any Code authority in North America? - Can you get a mortgage? * Cost of Strawbale Construction Versus Conventional: - Can you give the name of one quantity surveyor (or cost engineer) that has done a cost analysis (both labor and materials) of a dozen or so strawbale house with that of a conventional built homes, the same style/size etc. ? - Can I get a copy of the report? * Finishes and Skills For The Do It Yourself: - Is it just as easy to plaster and stucco for a beginner as it is to learn how to do drywall ? - Is it just as easy to build post and beam for beginners as it is to do stick framing? *Environmental Issues: - How many tons of pesticides and herbicides are used in the agricultural system that finally produces the straw? - How much production does it take to pay for the tractors at $75,000 a pop? - How many water diversion schemes (and at what $ cost and environmetal costs) does it take to get water to the farm fields? - What's the cost (both $ and ecological) of the fertilizer to replace the lost nutrients? - What's the planetary cost of cutting our forests and turning the space into agricultural uses.? Harry Pasternak Unpaid Volunteer For D.I.Y.'s Who Need Info On Designing and Building Affordable,Frugal Supportive Neighborhoods, Who Works At: Thousand Islands Institute The Independent Centre For Housing Research & Education (Harry_Pasternak [at] tvo.org) * - via BulkRate 2.0
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