THE NEW CITY OF GATINEAU MAINTAINS ITS POSITION AND STILL INTENDS TO BAN STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION THROUGHOUT ITS TERRITORY!

On 26 April 2005, the new City of Gatineau adopted a final version of its draft construction regulation No. 504-2005 containing a clause that prohibits the construction of straw bale structures throughout Gatineau territory. This clause will take effect some time in June 2005, unless it is changed before that date. Here is the text of the clause, which can also be found on the City of Gatineau website http://www.ville.gatineau.qc.ca/urbanisme/pru/CD/Projet%20de%20r%E8glement%20504%20construction/Texte/Construction_Projet_2005-04-26.pdf

The message from the City of Gatineau is:
-Innovative ecological building techniques are not welcome – or officially allowed.
-If you absolutely insist on using such a technique, we may allow it, but we are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to obtain approval, and there is no guarantee you will get approval even if your building meets or surpasses municipal, provincial and federal building code requirements.