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Cob sledgehammers and heat retentionM J Epko duckchow at ix.netcom.com
Sun Dec 7 20:09:09 PST 1997
At 04:52 PM 12/7/97 -0800, Bob Bolles wrote: >... NO Building Code prohibits Straw Bales, Cob, earthen floors & >plaster etc... > >... I believe the key to what he (David) said was: "...a wood stingy >post a beam frame...", which is, indeed permittable. Excellent, as usual, Mr Bolles. (Is it OK if I call you Mr? -grin-) John Swearingen builds permitted light-framed earthquake-reinforced SB houses in California. (California doesn't have a SB building code; they do have SB building guidelines.) He posted some of the details to the SB list not so long ago; if anybody's so inclined, they could dig up the post with the SB-archive search engine. Basically the dimension-wood framing is lighter and more widely-spaced than normal, and is notched into the bales which supplies additional support. But I've crossed over the cobline and into SB again, I'd best stop... Oh, I can salvage this! Find all the info you can about the upcoming "International Building Codes" slated for complete rollout in 2000. The three big U.S. Code organizations are putting out their final updates, and will afterward be closing shop and supporting the new one. Municipalities will be free, as they always have been, to adopt whatever they want - but since there's only going to be one major code being regularly updated, you can guess what's going to happen. Find out what the restrictions and allowances being put forth in this new code are. Might be cob-friendly, might not be. But you can bet that they haven't asked the Cob Advisory Board for their input... maybe it's time to form a Cob Advisory Board. Anybody out there know anything about cob? I don't. Mr Swearingen's site http://www.snowcrest.net/smb/ The SB archive & search engine http://solstice.crest.org/efficiency/strawbale-list-archive/index.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M J Epko duckchow at ix.netcom.com almost Wyoming, north of Nebraska, USA by way of New Mexico (not soon enough) - for now, Minnesota ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. - Harry S Truman, television interview (interviewed by his daughter, Margaret)
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