[Strawbale] Mold

Rob Tom rw_tom at hotmail...
Tue Nov 19 00:54:39 CET 2002

Lloyd and FungalFans;

While it is true that wet straw is an ideal host for the deadly black mould 
stachybotrys atra (known baby killer via pulmonary haemorrhaging) and other 
less deadly ones, there are also thousands of non-strawbale buildings in 
North America which are suffering from severe mould problems.

The common denominator is poor or non-existent detailing to minimise  
moisture entry (don't let the walls get wet) and/or a lack of means to allow 
drainage & drying should the walls get wet (wetting regime exceeds net 
drying regime).

If you've not already added the following to your reperatoire of 
strawbalenalia :

     "Pilot Study of Moisture Control in Stuccoed Straw Bale Walls"
      (report to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. June 1997)

it's available on the WWWeb at:


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Robert W. Tom
Kanata, Ontario, Canada
rw_tom at ncf...

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> >From: "Lloyd E. Duncan" <prosolv.one at verizon...>
> >To: <strawbale at amper....muni.cz>
> >Subject: [Strawbale] Mold
> >Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 15:47:05 -0800
> >
> >I am on the development committee for a group planning strawbale 
> >of considerable size. The structure will be located in central 
> >USA.
> >
> >We are getting reports of serious mold problems with strawbale 

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