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Sami (indigenous skandinavian) Goahti (turf home) The Shantikuthi earthbag spiral house, Nagano, Japan. Passivhaus News. Launched 3rd March 2015 at Ecobuild, the Trust's newest guide - How to Build a Passivhaus: Rules of Thumb highlights the key aspects of the do's and don'ts on how to successfully build a Passivhaus.

Passivhaus News

It follows our two existing guidance documents explaining what is Passivhaus, and why choose Passivhaus. The new guide explains how to build to Passivhaus. View the document below: A pdf copy of the document is also available for free download The guidance is richly illustrated on every page, using diagrams to illustrate principles and concepts, and drawings and photos to illustrate examples of practice. Check our sponsorship opportunities to get involved. Guide Sponsors Chapter Sponsors 3rd March 2015. Underhill - The Magical Hobbit Like Ecco Cave House. 15 Ancient House Designs That You Can Build Really Cheap or Free. Watch As This Piece Of Land Becomes The Most Efficient Of Homes.... Underground. Property for sale by auction in the UK. Natural homes built by inspirational people and their advice...

Jon runs Pun Pun an organic farm, seed-saving operation, and sustainable living and learning centre.

Natural homes built by inspirational people and their advice...

At Pun Pun they use ancient natural building techniques with readily available, local, natural materials with little embodied energy and salvaged materials to make homes, a practical and affordable alternative to resource intensive conventional building. Jon says, "I want to be equal to animals. The bird makes a nest in one or two days; the rat digs a hole in one night, but clever humans like us spend 30 years to have a house... that's wrong. " Patrick Dougherty. $50 and Up Underground House Book – Underground Housing and Shelter.


Straw bale. Straw has been used as a building material for centuries for thatch roofing and also mixed with earth in cob and wattle and daub walls.

Straw bale

Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago by settlers in Nebraska, USA, shortly after the invention of baling machines. Straw is derived from grasses and is regarded as a renewable building material since its primary energy input is solar and it can be grown and harvested. Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago. Straw is the springy tubular stalk of grasses like wheat and rice that are high in tensile strength. It is not hay, which is used for feeding livestock and includes the grain head. Strawbale walls are surprisingly resistant to fire, vermin and decay. Photo: Paul Downton A ‘truth window’ is a common feature in strawbale homes, providing a glimpse of the material that is otherwise completely rendered over and hidden in the finished building Performance summary Appearance Structural capability.

Straw Bale Building. In this section you will find some of our Standard design details.

Straw Bale Building

We encourage you to use them for your own buildings, as they are a result of years of work, experimenting, researching, discussing, making mistakes, trying out different ideas. The aim has always been to use totally natural materials, as low impact as possible, to create airtight designs, with excellent thermal efficiency. Often these designs are also more financially affordable than the usual poured cement alternative, but we believe affordable has to mean both financial and environmental, with no compromises!

It is not necessary to test bales according to a British Standard, but you should definitely use the written Standard shown here to make sure that your bales are good enough for building. Building Inspectors should use this standard when visiting site, and should read the book about good installation details too in order to make sure that the straw is being installed correctly. Door Details (pdf)

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Finishes and Furniture. Home - Simple Solar Homesteading. “Amazing ways trash can be used to build homes” by Leah L. Culler of MSN Real Estate. Going green at home has become a fascinating project that many architects here in the U.S. have dedicated their time and imagination to.

“Amazing ways trash can be used to build homes” by Leah L. Culler of MSN Real Estate

Recycling, for example, is no longer limited to the bin you throw your water bottles into. Did you know that the country of Sweden recycles waste so well and so efficiently that they now have to import it from neighboring countries? What an impressive dilemma to have. Although we don’t convert our waste to fuel here in the states all that much, we have innovated other ways to recycle and “go green”. And, although Shea Homes does not offer these amenities in its homes, we thought we would share these mind-blowing examples of how homes can be built out of trash! Sustainable Structures After graduating from architectural school in 1969, Michael Reynolds was inspired to build homes from “trash,” which he classified as “Earthships.” On the left, the bathroom of the “Phoenix Earthship”, located in New Mexico, has walls made from glass bottles and cement.

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