[Strawbale] Fwd: RE: Questionnaire
pieman66 at yahoo...
Tue Nov 18 14:27:57 CET 2003
Please reply direct to Damien.
> From: "Damien March" <dmarch at eircom...>
> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 12:40:56 -0000
> I am currently studying for an MSc Architecture (Advanced Environmental
> Energy Studies) and the thrust of my thesis is to investigate the
> capabilities of load-bearing straw-bale construction and the viability
> this method of building (straw being readily available, economic and
> relatively pollution free).
> Do you use this type of construction method when using straw-bales.
> If you do I would be most grateful should you complete the following
> If you do not would you explain:
> (i) Why you do not use this method?
> (ii) Whether your method of construction is economic?
> 1. Location/Climate
> Where are you based:
> (i) Town.
> (ii) City.
> (iii) State.
> (iv) Country.
> 2. Building
> (i) Type (house, school etc)?
> (ii) Size of straw-bale building do you construct?
> (ii) What is the square footage/metres?
> 3. Straw-bales
> (i) What size bale do you use?
> (ii) How are the bales bound(2/3 string) and what type of material is
> plastic, wire etc?
> (iii) What type of bale do you use-e.g. wheat, rice, maize etc?
> 4. Structure
> Which method of wall construction do you use:
> (i) Wall built, loaded and settled before being rendered? or
> (ii) Wall precompressed and rendered before loading with the roof?
> (iii) State the amount of pinning/reinforcement in 3sq.m or (9sq.ft)
> 5. Render
> (i) What is the size of the roof overhang?
> (ii) How long before roof load is applied to walls after their
> (iii) What type of render/stucco/ plaster do you use, and why?
> (iv) In a six month period after completion did any defects occur to
> rendered surfaces if so what were they?
> 7. Economics
> (i) How long did it take to construct the building?
> (ii) How much direct labour (self-build, friends etc) as opposed to
> labour was used?
> (iii) What was the overall cost of the building?
> (iv) What was the cost of the straw-bale wall?
> (v) How much waste straw is available from agriculture in your region?
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