[Strawbale] North American resources (was Re: Loadbearing vaults + some ESBG11 information

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Fri Sep 10 19:03:53 CEST 2010

On Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:43:01 -0400, Sport Hotel, Jure Pozar  
<jure.pozar at gmail...> wrote:

> I searched the amazon and I figured the book that has the most about  
> post & beam
> would be:
>   More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building
>   with Straw (Mother Earth News Wiser Living) (Paperback)
> by Chris Magwood (Author), Peter Mack (Author)
> but I cannot order it from Amazon as they don`t deliver to Slovenia.
> ... would somebody buy it for me and send it over.

Jure and (J)Euros;

I've not taken a look at the Magwood/Mack book so I can't comment on its  
utility for the desired purpose but I would be happy to purchase it and  
send it over to you.

Just contact me off-list with the particulars.

The same offer is open to all others who are in the same predicament as  

Something that you (the collective "you") may want to consider is getting  
together a list of all the hard-to-get materials from North America on  
your wish list and I could put them all together into one shipment and you  
can re-distribute over there, perhaps at your next European conference or  

Also, I'm wondering if you (the collective "you" again) are familiar with  
the websites of some of the SBC pioneers like Athena & Bill Steen   
www.caneloproject.com , John Swearingen  http://www.skillful-means.com ,  
Kelly Lerner  www.one-world-design.com , Bruce King   
http://www.ecobuildnetwork.org/ to name a few, all of whom have authored  
books and/or articles on the subject ?

The above come to mind because they all have extensive  
knowledge/experience of/with the subjects that have appeared on
this List in recent days  (SB vaults, post & beam/SB infill, building  
science/moisture movement etc.)

I wouldn't be at all surprised if many of the details in the Magwood/Mack  
book are gleaned from the experience of the afore-mentioned.

But specifically on the subject of wood-framed SB infill structures ...

Something to consider is the used of spaced framing members (aka "parallel  
cord trusses", "box beams" ) rather than larger dimension solid framing  

Basically, spaced framing members place small dimension lumber (typically  
no larger than 38 x 89 mm) at the extremities of a cross section held  
apart by relatively thin (10 - 12 mm) and small plywood or OSB gussets  
placed at short intervals (typically 800 -1200 mm) along the length of the  
member creating a parallel chord truss with far greater stiffness than any  
solid framing member would achieve, yet using only a fraction of the  

An additional benefit is that the spaced framing member creates a framing  
cavity that will accommodate extremely high levels of fibrous (ie  
non-foamed plastic) insulation without creating thermal bridges through  
the insulation.

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