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The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is a new not-for-profit educational organization based in inner city Albany, NY. The purpose of the Radix Center is to promote ecological literacy and environmental stewardship through educational programs based around demonstrations of sustainable technologies. The Center will teach practical skills that can be applied to create community self-reliance and environmental sustainability. An emphasis will be placed on issues of food security, health, and the remediation of contaminated soils. In addition to beautifying a vacant lot, the Center will offer hands-on workshops and tours not only to area school groups, but to interested citizens throughout the Northeast.
With full floor to ceiling glass, the view is endless and allows passive solar heat gain and natural light to penetrate deep into every room. The front (south) 'hallway' combines with the planterbed to create a very open, airy feeling throughout an HTM. As we will discuss in later detail pages, you can box an HTM in to create smaller rooms, but this is easily, and best, done after the home is completed since interior partition walls are non-bearing. The main thing to keep in mind is the sustainable, energy independent nature of your HTM will be affected by cutting the home up into smaller boxed-in rooms. You are in-effect turning an HTM into a conventional home. True, it will still function worlds better than any stick framed home, but it may need some supplimental energy to heat interior rooms that passive solar energy has been prevented from entering directly.