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[Cob] Cob and Insulation

Damon Howell dhowell at
Tue Dec 30 14:17:02 CST 2008

Hi everyone,
	I've noticed a lot of discussion on insulation lately (maybe because  
it's winter), and although insulation is important, if designed and  
oriented correctly cob can provide a cozy place without the  
overburdened, complicated mixture of materials. If The idea is to  
gather the heat from the sun through windows. Don't put windows in  
spots that get little to no sun. If a window is in full sun it's not  
going to lose heat unless the outside temp. is extremely cold or the  
wind is blowing on it. For those who are concerned about keeping the  
house warm through insulating, my opinion is keep the insulation on  
the north and possibly west walls and leave the south and east walls  
pure cob and glass. If you insulate the south wall you'll be blocking  
the heat from the sun, thus defeating the thermal characteristics of  
cob. Of course I'm not quite as concerned about insulation as many of  
you probably are because I live in Georgia.