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Amedean Messan
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This place is huge so it is not surprising that the project was not finished. What was done was the wall structure including roof was completed. Fast forward at 39:50 for some architectural eye candy.
 
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Amedean Messan wrote:
This place is huge so it is not surprising that the project was not finished. What was done was the wall structure including roof was completed. Fast forward at 39:50 for some architectural eye candy.


There are some things I wonder about with this building. Beautiful as it is and obvious as the builder's close connection to the earth is, the non-breathing materials to meet certification make me wonder if cob building will be at all possible in the future when these certifications become minimum law. The certification seems based on a certain building style that may be ok, but is certainly not the only way of achieving a safe and fuel efficient building.

My personal feeling is that a good source of fresh air is more important than the cost of heating and that the value of sealing a building air tight has made air replacement at minimum levels the aim. I feel that for the human animal to thrive that air replacement level needs to be much higher than minimum and that a case could (and should) be made for a fuel efficient home that is based on mass to a point that air exchange could be much higher while still being comfortable. I think that the idea that every room and every corner of a house should be at a sustained 21C should be challenged as well.

I can not, in this case, suggest the builder over estimated where his money would go. It looks like his project will get finished at some point after his present home is sold, it appears the sale of his present home has always been in the plan if a little farther down the road. Certainly it is much bigger than I would be interested in building or even owning (should it be given to me). I could not afford the nannies to keep it clean and tidy (let alone tax issues)

A very interesting video, thank you for posting it. It makes me feel my much less grand cob building will make it to roof stage.
 
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Len Ovens wrote:
A very interesting video, thank you for posting it. It makes me feel my much less grand cob building will make it to roof stage.


Ah, are you building a cob home? Send me some links or pictures if you do not mind. Separate subject, I was looking into a timber-frame earth sheltered design with interest on aspects of a cob home, but I am having trouble determining how cob will work on the load from the ground.
 
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Ah, are you building a cob home? Send me some links or pictures if you do not mind. Separate subject, I was looking into a timber-frame earth sheltered design with interest on aspects of a cob home, but I am having trouble determining how cob will work on the load from the ground.


It may be a while need land first.... Hope fully sometime this year. Your question probably deserves it's own thread though. Certainly I can't answer it.
 
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