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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
    We're building a straw bale house, with some double timber frame bits for the awkwardly shaped areas. I'm just thinking about the penetrations I need for things like TV antenna, solar PV and thermal etc. The general strategy is to avoid passing things through the bales and to do it in framed areas instead. Some needs are definite, like the TV antenna, but others are future maybe, including solar thermal. I could put in blanked off conduits for everything I can think of, but does anybody know of a workable scheme to allow the wall penetrations to be adjusted later?

    The timber frame will be filled with cellulose on Wednesday, so whatever I'm going to to needs to be done quickly. Another goal is that the house is airtight when we finish, and remains so.
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014 edited
    Posted By: djhSome needs are definite, like the TV antenna,
    I thought most people now watch telly via the internet.

    What sort of roof covering do you have, ST usually has a rubber replacement tile/slate that allows for pipework, PV just slips under existing ones.
    As PV is so cheap and flexiable, is it worth designing for ST these days?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
    No need, just pull out handfuls of straw, seems adjustable to me, thin wires and pipes would be OK poked through with a rod or monster needle. Window sized holes may need a lining.

    What is the cellulose insulation for if you have straw bales?
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