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Name: Simon Boone, Mary Saunders, Generation Solar


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Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): Workshop outbuilding

Construction method (load-bearing, post and beam, hybrid): Timberframe with strawbale infill

Square footage: 1000 sq.ft.

Stories: 1.5 Stories

Stage of completion: 90% complete

Date of occupancy: late fall 2005

Other unique systems/features of the building: radiant floor/experimental seasonal solar thermal storage/timberframe built from reclaimed timbers

Builder (owner, contractor, both): Owner built with volunteers



Engineered components:

Volunteer participation: Yes

Length of time to build: off and on for 2 years

Foundation method and material(s): concrete slab on grade foundation

Roofing method and material(s): conventional common rafter roof with steel sheeting

Bale wall style: non-load bearing bale walls on edge

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style): reinforcing mesh

Plastering methods/materials: portland lime plaster

Other insulation materials: gable end walls conventionally framed and insulated

Window style/materials: windows are all reclaimed , doors constructed on-site

Heat source(s): present heat source is electric

Cooling source(s): cooled by opening upper windows at night (if neccessary)

Electrical source/system: PUC supplied electricity, water and sewage services

Water collection/distribution system:

Sewage collection/disposal system:


Cost for per square foot:



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