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Untitled. Soy Based Foam Insulation: What It Is, and Why You Should Use It. There’s no doubt that green building is taking off in a big way (and hooray to that!).

Soy Based Foam Insulation: What It Is, and Why You Should Use It

It’s getting easier, and cheaper, to build homes that are not only safe for the environment, but also safe for us. When it comes to your home’s insulation, you’ve got some great choices to pick from. There’s regular spray foam insulation, cotton-based insulation (like those made from recycled jeans), and soy based insulation. All have their perks and drawbacks, and I’m focusing today’s article on soy based insulation. Important Addition: After this article originally posted on 2/23, I was contacted by James Morshead, a spray foam installer with SDI Insulation, Inc. out in California who pointed out some factual errors within the text. Now, let’s jump into the fascinating world of insulation. What Is Soy Based Insulation? Sorry if I’m stating the obvious here, but soy based insulation is insulation that uses soy as an ingredient.

Health. Solar Shingles: Renewable Energy Solution With Curb Appeal. Clean Power Published on February 8th, 2015 | by Glenn Meyers February 8th, 2015 by Glenn Meyers For those who can afford them, solar shingles provide an attractive option for routing solar-delivered electricity into a home.

Solar Shingles: Renewable Energy Solution With Curb Appeal

Good timing helps — like the need for a new roof — but a growing number of homes now feature such high-end renewable energy products, a number that promises to continue climbing as overall prices decline. Luma Resources solar shingles are designed for steep sloped roofing applications. Natural Insulation Products. DIY Super Efficient Chest Fridge Hack. Chest fridge Using vertical doors in refrigeration devices is an act against the Nature of Cold Air.

DIY Super Efficient Chest Fridge Hack

Understanding and cooperating with Nature rather than acting against it leads to much better efficiency. My chest fridge (Vestfrost freezer turned into a fridge) consumes about 0.1 kWh a day. It works only about 2 minutes per hour. 500 Showers Heated By One Small Compost Pile. A Look at the Models of Earthships. A Look at the Models of Earthships Earthship designs are constantly evolving because they are decentralized and many are built each year.

A Look at the Models of Earthships

This allows for constant evolution. We have many models in our history which all played their part in our on going evolution. We have presented here our favorite models which have very pragmatic reasons for being favorites. Climate, budget and your individual needs play a big part in determining which Earthship prototype is right for you. The Custom Earthship. 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome. Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in.

10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself! 1) Sustainable does not mean primitive When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. 2) Free Food Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate.

Deze man begon met niets, 6 weken later wonend in zijn droomhuis. 50 straw bale house plans. For Humanity ReStores – A good deal for you, your community and the environment. Oklahoma "Ankle Express" Trail - Oklahoma. Small House Living : Small House Plans : Little Homes : Old Homes : Kit Homes. Dream Green Homes: Earthbag Plans. Palo Santo Designs. A LIVING HOUSE – Terreform’s Fab Tree Hab. Inspired by the ecocentric attitudes of such beloved American nature-lovers as Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman and Alcott, three MIT designers – Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden and Javier Arbona – created this living treehouse in which the dwelling itself merges with its environment and nourishes its inhabitants.

A LIVING HOUSE – Terreform’s Fab Tree Hab

Fab Tree Hab dissolves our conventional concept of home and establishes a new symbiosis between the house and its surrounding ecosystem. In order to build the arboreal frame, the designers utilize “pleaching” – a gardening technique in which tree branches are woven together to form living archways. Trees such as Elm, Live Oak and Dogwood bear the heavier loads, while vines, branches and plants form a lattice for the walls and roof of the house. The interior structure is made of cob (clay and straw), a tried and true green building approach, that lends itself to customized shaping of walls and ceilings. Tiny Designs - Earthbag Dome. Cal-Earth - The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture.

A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales - Simon Dale - Includes A 1 Minute 42 Second Video. A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales.

A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales - Simon Dale - Includes A 1 Minute 42 Second Video

It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour). The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature.

Some key points of the design and construction: Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. Would you like to learn more about this sort of building and gain practical experience? Getting your hands dirty. The Shoebox. Tiny house on wheels built by Tennessee Tiny Homes.

The Shoebox

Earthbag Building Projects. How I built my house for £4,000 - Green Living - Environment - The Independent. Tamped Earth Floors. Unstabilized Earthen Floor Using Road Base by Frank Meyer [Note: This technique by Frank Meyer is a alternate method for making earthen floors.

Tamped Earth Floors

Tamped earth floors dry much faster than poured adobe and also cracks less.] A few years ago, when asked to make an earthen floor, I started by collecting all the soil types available in our area. Austin, Texas is situated in a geologically diverse area, so I got samples from several places including the building site, my backyard and all the commercially available dirts, loams and road bases. After weeks of playing in the dirt, mixing in stabilizers and trying to strengthen and harden the earth to make it suitable for a floor, I came to an interesting conclusion.

Not all road bases are created equal. I recently set out to do a floor using site-available clay. By using this material, and applying basic roadbuilding techniques, we have a big advantage over traditional poured earth floors. How to Build Dirt Cheap Houses. The following list summarizes some of the potential savings from using natural building materials and alternative construction methods.

How to Build Dirt Cheap Houses

If you’re wondering why they’re not more widely used, it’s because contractors, banks, realtors and others in the housing industry make more profit from the current system. It’s up to you to get informed and switch to a sustainable lifestyle. 1. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. LILI - home page. Earthbag Construction - StumbleUpon. EarthBag Homes - you're standing on the building materials... earthbag home Long sandbags are filled on-site and arranged in layers or as compressed coils. Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or sodium carbonate may be added to an ideal mix of 70% sand, 30% clay. Straw may also be added. The earthbags are then plastered over with adobe. Arquitectura en Equilibrio (Architecture in Balance) flickr.com earthbag home Plastic bags recycled into plastic bags -- if plastic does not break down for a thousand years, this building is sure to last several lifetimes.

Earthbag construction Foundations differ as per site. Earthbag construction The time consuming part, filling the bags. Earthbag construction Testing the strength of an arch. Earthbag home Project Seres, Guatemala. projectseres.org, flickr.com earthbag home CalEarth -- Emergency Shelter Village, Hesperia, California.