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Old 06-19-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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Has anyone ever built or lived in a strawbale, earthbag, cob, or cordwood home? If so, would they consider sharing photograps and stories with me for a free web publishing project?

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Old 12-01-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I wanted to build and earthbag unit on my property. It seems like a fabulous idea, but LA city won't allow it even though CalEarth passes extensive earthquake testing on earthbag homes in Hesperia,CA.
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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By the end of BO's second term we will all be living in mud huts.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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By the end of BO's second term we will all be living in mud huts.
LOL!! So true!!
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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As a state, Oregon is more progressive on sustainable living strategies than CA. You might want to post your query on that forum. Here is an informative site by the developer of Strawbale Village in Jacksonville, OR, just over the border. | StrawBale.com
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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A friend of mine is working on land for a yurt in rural Oregon, totally off the grid
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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By the end of BO's second term we will all be living in mud huts.

LOL!! So true!!
care to document your racist assertion?
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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Has anyone ever built or lived in a strawbale, earthbag, cob, or cordwood home? If so, would they consider sharing photograps and stories with me for a free web publishing project?

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I think strawbale homes are great. They are very inexpensive and energy efficient. Unfortunately the bales are not load bearing and you must have a structural framework.

I would be concerned about a cobb or cordwood home as to whether they are fire resistant.

I am leaning towards a rammed earth home. It is a very cost effective building but you will need a seismic structural frame. Check out this site:
Rammed Earth Solar Homes Inc.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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who's bo?
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I think strawbale homes are great. They are very inexpensive and energy efficient. Unfortunately the bales are not load bearing and you must have a structural framework.

I would be concerned about a cobb or cordwood home as to whether they are fire resistant.

I am leaning towards a rammed earth home. It is a very cost effective building but you will need a seismic structural frame. Check out this site:
Rammed Earth Solar Homes Inc.
A very close friend of mine had one of the first earth-ships .... in Santa Fe.
It was so beautiful ... a work of functional art.
He sold it ... didn't give it to me.
Earthship Biotecture Sustainable Green Buildings
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