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===Criteria===
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'''Durability''': An important client concern is durability. In their current condition, the bench and oven are not very weather resistant. Also, the unsealed cob is vulnerable to carvings, something the client does not want as well. The solution must be able to withstand exposure to the elements.
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The criteria considered for this project were decided upon by our group with help from CCAT's directors. The criteria were then ranked by their importance starting with the most important.<br>
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'''Aesthetics''': This is an important criterion to the client. The client would like us to “beautify and protect.” This means our solution must be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
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'''Appropriateness''': A fairly important criterion to the client. The bench and oven are demonstrations of sustainable techniques, a solution that strays too far from this would be not in line with the clients mission.
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#'''Durability:''' Our solution must be durable enough to preserve the finished product, withstand Humboldt county weather conditions, and resist potential&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; minor vandalism. In their current condition as untreated cob, the bench and oven are not very weather resistant or damage resistant.
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#'''Aesthetics: '''Our solution must improve the aesthetic appeal of the bench and the oven in the eyes of the CCAT directors and visitors to CCAT. The aesthetics must be improved in a way that is appropriate and long lasting.<br>
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#'''Appropriateness: '''Our solution must use methods, materials and technologies that are as local and sustainable as possible. Both cob installations demonstrate an appropriate sustainable building material and method, our solution should be aligned with this demonstration.<br>
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#'''Maintainability:''' Our solution must be maintainable by the CCAT directors and volunteer workforce with reasonable ease.<br>
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#'''Safety''': Our solution must ensure the bench be safe enough to sit on, and the oven safe to cook with. Both installations are currently safe to use so our solution need only maintain the current level of safety if not improve upon it.<br>
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#'''Cost:''' Our solution must cost less than $325. An appropriate solution should cost significantly less than this if local, used, and free materials are applied to the problem.<br>
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#'''Demonstrableness: '''Our solution will exist as an extension of alternative building techniques and materials already employed at the CCAT house. It must exemplify those methods and materials.<br>
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'''Life Span''': In their current condition, the bench and oven do not have a very long life span. We would like to extend its life span beyond what it is now.
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'''Safety''': A simple criterion, the bench must be safe enough to sit on.
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'''Cost''': There is a budget on the amount we are able to spend on the solution. The low cost of materials deems this criterion to be of less importance.
      
== Description of final project ==
 
== Description of final project ==
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