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Working Straw building into Massachusetts and the Northeast

 
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Hey this is so exciting to see straw construction continue to be legitimized, detailed and put on the map!
Can't wait to get a look at this book and bring in some copies to my permiculture and alternative builder educators and continue to spread the word!

I am a long time builder living and working in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and currently enrolled with a PDC course that is just fantastic.
Straw building is a topic I've been following and researching for some time and I seeit as the perhaps the most optimal way to drive the unification of our built environment with broader cultural goals (including environmental, social and economic rebalancing). So thank you all!

In my region this knowledge and practice is a lot less common than in the Southwest or California.

Although the following scientific paper on SBC came out of studies at WPI back in 2011 <
Straw Bale Construction: The Application in Massachusetts
Major Qualifying Project By: Hajar Jafferji, Karina Raczka, Yao Wang Submitted to the Faculty of WORCESTER POLYTECHINIC INSTITUTE
on January 14, 2011In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Bachelor of Science Advisor: Professor Leonard D. Albano

> Still, to the best of my knowledge no adaptation has been made to the state code to date.

I have Two questions for the forum:
1. Does anyone out there have accurate info regarding the status of legislation for SBC in Mass? Connections that could help update our code?
2. Does the new book have any details for, or mention of, building with strawbale as non-structural insulation for a conventional framework?

Thanks!
 
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