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[Cob] cob permitsSarah Booth auntsariah at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 16 16:10:12 PST 2007
Sarah Booth here, checking in after an extended break from the internet. Many of you may recall my pleas for help this past autumn regarding our troubles with city building officials. We were searching for a structural engineer willing to certify our cob structure so that we could obtain a permit. I thought an update might be informative and helpful to those of you currently seeking permitting information and I am in need of more information from you out there. So, the background is that we had just completed building the walls of a small cob structure in Corvallis Oregon when a neighbor tattled on us. Building inspectors determined that we needed to get a permit or remove the structure. We were very lucky (thanks to the help of members of this list serve) to be able to find a structural engineer right here in town who (thanks to other natural building enthusiasts in the area - you know who you are) had a bunch of cob structural data and willingness to approve our building plans as structurally sound (we drew up our own plans and the engineer estimated his work would cost us about $1,500). So, had we followed through with this, we could probably now have a permitted "accessory structure". But instead, we decided to throw up a temporary tarp roof to protect the walls through the winter and increase our struggle with the city by pursuing a permit for a habitation rather than just an accessory structure. So, now there are many more hoops to hurdle. That brings me to our current dilemma. R value. This could possibly be a major road block in our efforts. Thermal mass isn't recognized by codes. We need to find out the R value of cob. As is gets relatively cold and stays cloudy and grey for long periods here in Oregon, the required R value for a habitation is pretty high? Anyone out there know of a source for technical data on cob R value? Thanks for your time! Sarah _________________________________________________________________ Find sales, coupons, and free shipping, all in one place! MSN Shopping Sales & Deals http://shopping.msn.com/content/shp/?ctid=198,ptnrid=176,ptnrdata=200639
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