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paul wheaton
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Katrin Kerns
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I hope that they revisit this project sometime this year and give an update. Wish there was a way to get in touch with the builder and bring him over to the states to give a talk. My mate and I would like to have a custom cob home some day but there are no building codes in our area to support it. I personally just don't have the knowledge to try and get the building codes in Washington changed in support of cob building. Maybe if someone like him with all of the knowledge on how to build something like that would be willing to supply information, maybe more people in Washington state would be more interested in pursuing it enough to get the codes changed in support of cob.
 
R Scott
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INCREDIBLE!

I love that stairwell in cob, I hope they didn't plaster over it (although I wouldn't want to dust it).
 
Caleb Skinns
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Exceedingly ambitious, but very cool.
 
Janet Branson
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A 10,000 sq. ft cob house for 350,000 plus labor is still inspiring. What do you think he meant by by intelligent use of concrete?
 
Jimbo Shepherd
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Wow! Just spectacular! So many ideas from watching this. Cob pillars? Are you kidding me! One of the coolest videos I have ever seen.

I think the intelligent use of concrete referenced just the foundation aspect of the project and that was to keep the Cob high and dry from the elements.

As simply awe inspiring this video was, I was just crushed to see the overall plan was to make the place air tight. I know he's shooting for some accepted modern comercial standard for eco friendly but to put up that insulated polystyrene around all that cob just cancels out the awesome breathable aspects of cob. On a positive note, I bet the temp inside will remain pretty constant no matter how cold or hot it is outside.

That on the fly roof stuff he was doing. So good! This has got to be the most epic Cob project on the planet.

If Paul or anyone would start a kickstarter to get this Cob mega structure finished, I would be happy to help fund this! Leveraging the Permaculture Army to fund this would be so awesome!

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Kevin Young
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Incredible! I loved the spiral pattern of the building, the incredible meadow rooftops, and the ingenious use of cob pillars for the barn. Sealing the structure and adding polystyrene insulation on the outside were the parts I disagreed with--surely they could have designed passive heating and cooling options, and maybe a few rocket mass heaters. I also loved seeing the mixing with a tractor--can't wait to try that myself!
 
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