If you have not heard about the work Martin Hammer has done in developing the national straw bale construction building code, then you have missed out. Martin has worked tirelessly, and continues to do so, for all of us. He co-authored the code which was approved in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and has continued to work on updates since that time. He is working on new developments to be included in the 2021 IRC and could really use our help.
Having co-authored the tiny house building code for the 2018 IRC (and yes, my man Martin Hammer was the co-author on that as well), I can tell you that there are a LOT of expenses included in the code creation. The endless hours of work are one thing, but travel costs, engineering, and many other hard costs need to be paid for as well. Much of that has been out of pocket for Martin and it’s time we all stepped up to help cover those costs moving forward.
Why? Because we ALL benefit from his efforts. It’s so much easier to build a straw bale house now because of the national building code. It’s easier to get insurance, and loans, al because of the code. So, let’s let him know that we appreciate his hard work. The Colorado Straw Bale Association (COSBA) has set up a fund raising effort to help out. Donations can be made at: www.coloradostrawbale.org/
Please take a few minutes to offer what help you can afford. Even the smallest donations help, so don’t hesitate to help out with even a $5 donation. Thanks in advance and here’s a big CHEER for Martin Hammer!!!