[Strawbale]Topic for ISBBC

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Dirk Scharmer info at wand4...
Wed Jun 2 16:47:58 CEST 2004

Dear ISBBC-participants,
I would like to suggest to talk about the european technical approval
(ETA) of strawbales as a building material. There're some interesting
news in this area. Some from germany and some really important from
austria (I hope there'll be someone from there, who`s able to present
them). And I hope there will be some news from other european country's
to this subject!

For us from the german strawbale association FSB it's the most important
question yet, how much attention, money and time we spent to get the

Is there anybody out there, who is interested in this topic too?

My personal aim is to get the ETA as quick, simple and cheap as possible
because in germany we needs it to build more sb-houses without staying
with one leg in prison ;-)

In 2003 the FSB applied for a the german general building approval for
strawbales, we made a couple of tests all with success, accept the
molder test.

I guess the passing of this test will be the main gate, for strawbales
to get the approval. For this topic there is very interesting study
which is made in austria from Thomas Zelger. I hope there will an
austrian, who`s able to give us abrif overview about this work.

Lets build an international team on isbbc to face this challenge!

Dirk Scharmer
Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V
Dipl.- Ing. Architekt
Dirk Scharmer
Auf der Rübekuhle 10
D-21335 Lüneburg
Tel. 0049-4131- 727804
Fax. 0049-4131- 727805  

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