[Strawbale] Humidity within a bale house Mushroom production

Max Vittrup Jensen max at permalot...
Tue Apr 7 13:23:30 CEST 2009

Dear all,

I can't help feeling this is an utterly wrong approach.
It seem to come from the modern perspective that any material should be 
applicable everywhere for anything? (Try building an igloo in Sahara!)
Mike Macain of New Mexico had great success with a mushroom growing 
house built in Creston Colorado out of papercrete. He noticed that the 
sprinklersystem for a while had been spraying directly on the walls, 
however rather than deteriorating it, the wall simply work as a sponge 
and creates a perfect moist environment for the mushrooms; Naturally 
this is aided by the amazing amount of sunshine in Crestone, which dries 
out the walls from the other side...but I find you'll have similar 
conditions in Spain.

Papercrete can be made as building blocks, poured in shuttering, or 
simply sprayed on to a form-work. Have a look at 
www.dirtcheapbuilder.com for details.
Max Vittrup Jensen
PermaLot Centre of Natural Building

> Today's Topics:
>    1.  Fwd: Humidity within a bale house.... (Rikki Nitzkin)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 20:26:16 +0200
> From: Rikki Nitzkin <rikkinitzkin at earthlink...>
>> I have recently gotten an email from a man who wants to build a SB  
>> mushroom farm. He would like to know if it is a problem that the  
>> INTERIOR of the building has a humidity level of 75-90%.
>> I usually prefer to use breathable earth plasters (or lime), but I  
>> am wondering if this would be a good case to apply a WATERPROOF  
>> (cement? latex paint?) plaster to the interior of the building to  
>> avoid excess humidity in the walls.
>> Any thoughts/suggestions?
>> Rikki Jennifer Nitzkin
>> Coordinadora de la Red de Construcci?n con Balas de Paja
>> www.casasdepaja.org
>> casasdepaja at yahoo...
>> http://casasdepaja.blogspot.com/

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