Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Fifteenth Bag Of Mail: Straw
"Hello Kelly...My suggestion...for your pipes, if it's not too late, is to wrap 'em in straw where exposed. Put the straw in bags or cut-up cardboard boxes, tape or prop these blankets onto the pipes...Good luck with the bizarre weather...
...I am...an alternative materials architect with lots of building experience, including 20 years as a general contractor in Tucson, pre-internet. I've got that design-build juice running in my veins...Samples of work, approach, and a set of resources can be seen at our website, www.radius-architects.com...
...[I] have also started an occasional column for a local paper, called "Through Green Eyes," about various environment-related topics for sites and building. Among all the inquiries recently, one was from Florida, by a builder couple interested in straw bale. I couldn't find, and didn't know of any bale houses in Florida, but because they've been done successfully in other very wet climates, I bet the method would work there. Do you happen to know of any bale houses in your state, Georgia, Mississippi, or Alabama?
Happy building -- and keep up the joy and enthusiasm of TRANSFORMING places! It's the most fun I can think of.
Happy RENEW year!
Robert Gay of Tucson"
Great recommendation! I'm not used to dealing with this weather.
No, I'm not familiar with any straw bale homes in Florida. I went through a period when they interested me in college, though. I imagine Louisiana may have some (or did have some pre-Hurricane Katrina). When I lived there a decade ago (briefly), I noticed there was a propensity toward building with environmentally friendly resources.
Does anyone out there living in the south know of any straw bale houses nearby?