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

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. 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." and, "Before I thought that stupid people like me … cannot have a house… because people who are cleverer than me and get a job need to work for 30 years to have a house. But for me, who cannot finish university, how can I have a house. Related:  Esprit Terre Tiers lieu agricolemy houseIdeas/Inspirations

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Watch As This Piece Of Land Becomes The Most Efficient Of Homes.... Underground Tyson Living Learning Center | Living Future The Living Learning Center is located at Tyson Research Center, an environmental field station for Washington University in St. Louis. The site and building builds on the sustainable eco-systems research ongoing at Tyson. The site has been transformed from a degraded asphalt parking lot to a native landscaped garden replete with pervious concrete, local stone pavers, and a central raingarden. The building fosters indoor/outdoor education with a large multi-use classroom that opens directly out to a locally-harvested white oak deck. Net Zero Energy is provided by Photovoltaic panels mounted both on the roof and on two horizontal trackers. Use the icons below to find out how this project approached each Petal of the Challenge. Site condition prior to project start: Previously developed parking lot Additional Site Petal comments:The Living Learning Center was built at Washington University’s Tyson Research Institute, a 2,000 acre field station located just outside of the St. Back to Top

Tiers lieux agricoles Les Tiers lieux agricoles, en réseaux Un tiers lieu agricole est une micro-ferme coopérative, qui se développe en milieu rural sur une terre agricole ou un terrain constructible. Le lieu est dessiné pour appartenir de manière collective aux citoyens et pour accueillir un maximum de personne sur les chemins de la transition. C’est un espace collectif ouvert, qui utilise un système informatique d’utilisateurs à utilisateurs comprenant un outil de gouvernance horizontale afin de permettre une grande accessibilité à l’expérience. Les lieux se construisent comme un puzzle. Comment s’installe-t-on ? L’installation d’un tiers lieu agricole peut se faire par différents moyens : - Par financement participatif ou prêt citoyen ou SCIC - Par subvention européenne pour redynamiser une commune ou une région - Par mise à disposition d’un terrain à travers un bail emphytéotique (5) délivré par une collectivité publique. Qui travail ? Quelle économie ? Quelle(s) monnaie(s) accepter ? Gouvernance Horizontale

$50 and Up Underground House Book – Underground Housing and Shelter How to Grow Your Own Living House | Urban Gardens | Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces | Urban Gardens July 23, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Three young German architects have created a new area of architecture: arbo-architecture. Ferdinand Ludwig and fellow architects, Oliver Storz and Hannes Schwertfeger, call their new specialty “building botany.” As part of this, the three men are building structures made from plants as well as studying the elasticity of plane trees and examining how effectively willows can grow around steel pipes at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Basics in Modern Architectural Design. In this way, they plan to begin building an eight-meter (26-foot) tower near Lake Constance in southern Germany at the end of July. “In our opinion trees are high-tech material, which is why plant growth is part of our vision,” says Schwertfeger. Training trees to grow in all manner of decorative shapes is not new, it has been part of the skilled landscape gardener’s repertoire since the 13th century. via Spiegel and Treehugger

10 trucs anti limace À la recherche d'un anti limace naturel et efficace? Le jardin, la douche, la cuisine, et tout autre endroit humide sont les lieux de prédilection des limaces. Leur apparence gluante et dégoûtante rebute la plupart des gens, d’autant plus qu’elles laissent des traces le long de leur passage. Bien qu’elles ne représentent aucun danger, on aimerait bien s’en débarrasser. Les 10 trucs anti limace: 1. Dispersez des petits morceaux de bois aux endroits où elles passent le plus souvent. 2. C’est une solution inoffensive pour les limaces mais efficace pour les éloigner de vos plantes dans le jardin. 3. Le ferramol est un produit anti limace naturel et vraiment efficace pour les éradiquer. 4. L'eau et l'ail sont un moyen naturel pour éliminer les limaces du jardin. 5. Saviez-vous que la bière était un piège à limaces. 6. C’est une solution dangereuse pour les hommes mais efficace comme répulsif anti limace. 7. Écrasez des coquilles d’œufs et éparpillez-les près de votre jardin. 8. 9. 10.

Straw bale | YourHome 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 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. 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 Finished strawbale walls are invariably rendered with cement or earth so that the straw is not visible. Thermal mass Footings

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Nestled into the pastoral landscape of Treviso, Italy, BioCasa_82 is a beautiful home that boasts some seriously energy-efficient technologies. Italian architect Rosario Picciotto designed the project, whilst Welldom dealt with the construction process. The building was made using 99% recyclable materials, and it's powered completely by renewable energy sources. Its tailor-made sustainable strategies were employed in a bid to secure LEED Platinum certification. BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia, the house reaches levels of sustainability rarely seen in residential architecture. Related: The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra Related: Alter Studio’s Tower House is a Zero Emission Landmark for Treviso, Italy + Welldom Photos by Marco Zanta

L’Atelier Paysan - Coopérative d’autoconstruction Vous trouverez dans cette section des informations relatives à nombre d’outils, dont ceux que nous vous proposons en formation d’autoconstruction. Afin de faire progresser notre communauté d’autoconstructeurs, nous vous invitons à diffuser vos créations, inventions, modifications d’outils, et ainsi en faire profiter le plus grand nombre. Pour ceci, rien de plus simple : envoyez tous les documents que vous jugez utiles (descriptifs, photos, vidéos, plans) à : Nous nous chargeons de les mettre en forme et de les diffuser ici-même ainsi que sur le forum. 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. 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

Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Like a box within a box, the double height 81m2 communal space provides multifunctionality and adapts to form a meeting space, dining hall, play space, dance room and even a basketball court. Playful rope swings crafted from old skateboards hang down underneath the wooden support for the rooftop solar array. The square footprint of 111m2 cube is oriented like a diamond shape pointing north. An L-shaped perimeter strip on the north west and and north east houses service spaces such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ressò achieves self-sufficiency through passive systems. Not only does the space encourage social cohesion, so does the building process. The house is furnished with recycled, upcycled and collected items such as seats made from car tyres and second hand armchairs and hammocks collected from the local community. Related: Liv Libs Habitation Capsules Promote Urban Collectives The concept of the active user is encouraged further by leaving services visible within the building.