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    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2018
     
    Reading issue 25 (the latest) of Passive House Plus and in particular the report on the UK's first load-bearing straw bale Passive House there was something instantly familiar...

    Turns out it wasn't about the build so much as the combined builder, owner, carpenter, electrician, plumber and Gawd knows what else who was familiar - looks to me like forum stalwart @djh!

    Other than the building achievement what I find impressive is that after all that @djh is still here helping others, thanks!

    :surprised:
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2018
     
    Yes - Dave's clarity comes through - great to see what it was all about.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2018
     
    Thanks, chaps. I couldn't have built it without what I learned here, so well done!
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2018
     
    Saw this arrived though the door yesterday, I will be reading enrhuadticially later! Congrats Dave
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2018 edited
     
    I noticed that the article includes a list of suppliers and 'professionals' who helped to make the project real, but none of the people whose skills actually built it, so here's a list of those who didn't get mentioned (who I can remember):

    Carpenters:
    Andy Giles
    Shaun Sanderson

    Lime plaster:
    Arthur Philip

    Groundworks:
    Michael & Martin Mead
    (Mead Construction)

    Timber:
    Clive Woollard
    (Woollards)

    Electrician:
    Mike Bloomfield

    Plumber:
    Dave Roitman

    PV panels:
    Philip Coleman

    Landscaping:
    Dave Daniel

    Bales:
    Roland Woodcraft

    Photography:
    Agnese Sanvito

    Bale Volunteers:
    Alan Carlin
    Alex Jelly
    Carl Myhill
    Christian Hamami
    Danny Greenheart
    Graeme Deas
    Gustav Svenson
    Robert Black
    R Sutton
    Salli Gosling
    Wayne Hewitt

    Big thanks to all above. :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

    and then there's my friend Bee who must be mentioned for putting up with my crazy ideas. :crazy:
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2018
     
    is there such a thing as an "ecological" foundation which is insulated? Ie no concrete and no eps?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2018
     
    Posted By: delpradois there such a thing as an "ecological" foundation which is insulated? Ie no concrete and no eps?

    Yes and no. That's the point at which you begin to realize that compromisies are necessary and also to re-evaluate the criteria you use. At least if your experience is anything like mine.

    A lot depends on your ground conditions. You might be able to use rock pads and timber uprights and a suspended timber floor above that. Then again you might not. You might use concrete pads or screw piles and a timber floor and insulate it with something ecological. But then the stories of straw in floors that has rotted are legion and I know of one wool-insulated floor that I fully expect to be eaten by moths in time, so you might want to consider something less vulnerable.

    But do you consider lime ecological whilst concrete is not, for example. If so, please explain and justify!

    Personally, I wanted something underfoot that had a very high expectation of still being there in a hundred or two years regardless of climate change, flooding, overheating, whatever.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    Posted By: djhI noticed that the article includes a list of suppliers and 'professionals' who helped to make the project real, but none of the people whose skills actually built it
    Thanks - always thought this should be there, although I guess it's always going to be a long list!
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    'Ecological' - hmm - it's such an inappropriate term for things that have nothing to do with the study of biological interdependencies between living things. Use for anything else, esp non-living things, it can mean whatever your prejudices want.

    Instead you could look at Life Cycle Analysis of materials (and combination of materials into systems and active processes) which ought to include Full-Cost Accounting and Environmental Impact. Of these, there's enormous resistance in particular to Full-Cost Accounting, which would shatter many a profitable biz corp.

    Short of that, what to do, that's practical and attanable. Anything to get away from snap prejudices - 'sheep wool good, plastic and concrete bad'.
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