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Old 08-30-2014, 04:32 AM
 
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HI all, my husband and I are looking to buy some rural property, perhaps out in Flour Bluff. My question is: does anyone here know anything about city ordinance or building codes pertaining to alternative building materials? Specially straw bale and cob construction homes.

We'd like to build something a little on the greener side, but all of this can be so confusing.
Any tips?
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:53 PM
 
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Do you live in TX now? I don't believe that a coastal location with high humidity is suitable for a straw bale/cob home. Corpus Christi definitely has a rainy season when it rains more days in the week than not. When it's not raining it is very humid here. VERY HUMID!!!! Since moving here I think it feels dry when the humidity is down around 70%. Today it rained in the morning, thunder and lightning, 100% humidity. The rest of the day was cloudy so it didn't get as hot as it has been but the humidity is still 79% at 8pm.

I'm not a contruction expert but I think something alternative like cement block would work well in the coastal climate and not rot like a plant product.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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HI all, my husband and I are looking to buy some rural property, perhaps out in Flour Bluff. My question is: does anyone here know anything about city ordinance or building codes pertaining to alternative building materials? Specially straw bale and cob construction homes.

We'd like to build something a little on the greener side, but all of this can be so confusing.
Any tips?
I don't know how humid and wet Four Bluff will be, but unless it is at least as dry as San Antonio you need something like CmC blocks or dry stack cinder blocks.

Cresco in Houston makes the blocks.

Liteblok - Mortarless, interlocking, building block

You should contact Lavern Williams, he has been building green in Houston for a long time. Google Environmental Associates. I haven't spoken to Laverne Williams in over a year and I don't know the status of his company, but if you can arrange a meeting with him it will save you a lot of money.

Texas Green Homes | Green Home Architects Houston, Austin | Environment Associates | LaVerne Williams « ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATES

It has been my experience that whatever the professionals like Laverne charge, you get it back in money not wasted, then profit from having a more valuable home built.

Good luck
Qazulight
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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I don't consider Flour Bluff to be rural, it is in the city limits for Corpus Christi and would be subject to all of the cities zoning regulations and building codes. Zoning

As an architect, I agree with what has already been said above regarding straw bale and cobb construction being unsuitable for a humid and rainy climate.

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Old 10-23-2014, 11:24 AM
 
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There's an old abobe house on Ocean Drive across the street from Nueces Bay. It's the oldest house on the street.
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