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Oh humidity

February 25, 2012

Recently, I shared an exchange with someone who built a tire bale extension to his straw bale home. Here is a link to his home picture history. http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatisupwiththestanleys/
Tire bale homes HOLD HUMIDITY. So if you’re planning to build in a geographic location that is known for humidity, there are some things you should consider changing.
For instance, we have no HVAC–heating air conditioning system–to physically MOVE air which can help remove humidity. Yet, our home exchanges 37% of the air at least 3 times a day–more in summer when the windows are open more.
Second, our windows are NOT slanted on the south. Our windows are floor to ceiling straight up and down but, even our windows condense when temperatures drop down to 5-degrees F or below. I keep microfiber clothes in them to help keep the water away from the window seals. I chose Weathershield windows since they seemed to be the best built and guaranteed for the longest. Also, these windows are made in the U.S.
Last, we chose NOT to put an indoor planter (which in some of these houses is used to treat grey water). We do have 6 full sized trees and a number of other plants in small portable (roll around) planters. Plants put a lot of humidity in the air, which is good for our skin and noses.
So, consider these things as you approach your building project. And, seek advice from others who have built these structures before you finalize your designs.

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