Fortunately, you are not the first to think of this. This idea was tried up in Canada where they actually poured concrete around the bales to encase them as well. This project is documented I believe in the book Serious Strawbale. When they…"
Do any of you have experiences or comments about possible pros or cons for using wrapped straw bales (either square or round?)I have this idea for using well wrapped straw bales as a super insulated foundation.Idea goes like this...1) Level site2) Dig a 1 foot, to 1&1/2 foot, deep trench all the way around the perimeter (where the load bearing walls will eventually be.3) Place large an anti debris sock covered drainage tube in the bottom of the trench 4) Have rubble trucked in to fill in…See More
"Hi Les, Steve, and Kathryn.
I am testing to see if you guys are watching this group.
Recently we had a discussion about forum and there was some sentiment in the Transition Dallas Membership along the lines of moving Transition Dallas under the…"
"Below is a link to a very interesting (and totally patent free) idea for how to build beautiful load bearing walls cheap and fast without big forms or months of manual labor.
Basically it is mixture of any low clay soil with
100 parts Soil
"I know the name of the "Straw Bale" users group is "Straw Bale" but I also know many people refer to the material as "hay bale" and so I was hoping that
and maybe even
"How about thatched roofing? Popular and proven throughout Europe and Africa. Some say they last 30 or 40 years. And they're aesthetically pleasing. Here's a shot I took of the inside in South Africa --
More shots from Denmark
I have been thinking for a while or ways that one could use bales to insulate a roof.Basically I am not sure about what I am coming up with... I just know there has to be a way to cover a roof with bales and provide insulation for many years and yet not have them get wet or otherwise become damaged.Here are a few ideas I had.Please note that I am leaving out the most common wall building ideas on purpose. I will of course have bale walls (before making the roof.) I would like to hear your…See More
Hi I am Steve Ivy in Irving TX. I am busy trying to get the Dallas TX TT movement started.But tonight I am writing for Oklahoma not Texas..I am writing tonight because I was hoping to help you a little as you get TT Oklahoma City up and running.I think I know a way (a person) that might be able to tie you into a wonderful small community of informed and well prepared people I know exists there. There is one person in particular I think you need to know, that is Bob Waldrop…See More
"Is there a list to discus potential TT "recruitment targets?"
I think one of the best and easiest things we can do at home at night sitting in front of our computers is to locate other groups (whether they are local real world groups or…"
"Welcome Steve. It was great skyping with you the other night. You decided to go ahead with this link to bridge Dallas with the rest of our social network, and to share global activities with Dallas. Good call! It's best to add some description,…"
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I am looking to make contacts in the North Texas (Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth) and outlying areas to establish a transition town effort here.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I want to survive (and maybe even thrive) in a peak oil world. But even if we weren't running out I would still want to be part of a more kinder more natural and harmonious world.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I am an electrical engineer and an inventor and all around well informed guy. I know about alternative housing and and many different types of alternative energy. I am now learning about hydroponics, aqua-ponics, vermiculture, many different traditional and alternative agriculture methods
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
You-Tube, transitions towns, ic.org (Intentional Communities), too many to list.
Official Voice Communication: Skype from http://skype.com/download Add LSquiresSkype to your Contacts.
Suggestions you have for improving our Registration questions. Getting to know you better.
It would be wonderful if there was a way to have a social networking tool that work with GPS or cellular network location tools such that you could fill in a transitions network profile and any time someone with a similar network profile passes within a mile or so of each other it would alarm/notify both parties cell phones that they were in the same area remind them that they share an interest in the transition philosophy and they could exchange messages and meet if they so chose. The biggest problem that is slowing down network development is the difficulty people have finding each other. Another (perhaps easier way) you could do that would be to have a mapping function on your web site that would allow members to log their general neighborhood (put a pin on a map) and then ask to be put in contact any time anyone registered their location as being was within a few miles of that marker. It's a geographical based automatic environmental match maker service.
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