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Solar Oval Cob Plan

Solar Oval Cob Plan
Small Cob Series No permit required - passive solar - small cob buildings SOLAR OVAL ONE is a compact passive solar design with a loft which can be an outbuilding for many possible uses. It has many valuable and green/sustainable features: Building with cob allows the use of local sustainable materials. Floor Plan THE SMALL COB SERIES is a set of small cob structures designed to not require building permits. Solar Oval One is a 120 interior sf. cob design intended to not require a building permit. Section looking North The introduction of irregular, non rectilinear and curved walls into your building creates a link between you, your building and the natural world. The materials needed to make a cob structure are generally very simple and there are many options: The foundation serves to support the building and connects it to the ground. Related:  Plans and Blue PrintsCottageGreen

Roundhouse Studio Plan Perfect for home offices and studios of all kinds, and also as a tiny house. Ideal beginner's project. This studio is one of the simplest, most practical of my designs. Multiple units can be connected if you want to add on later or they can be built as free standing structures in clusters pavilion style. My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. Cost: How much do earthbag houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses. Heat: Wood stoves serve as the heating system in virtually all my designs. Windows: All windows are standard sizes. Doors: Exterior doors are all 36" wide. Closets: Closets have been carefully placed between private and public spaces to buffer noise. The Plans for Sale

Grain Bin Cabin Plan Grain Bin Cabin Mark Clipsham, Architect This 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom 692 sf cabin will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. It also has the potential to provide as many as 12 "berths" for use as a hunting cabin or such. Each berth could have its indiviual heat or A/C duct for greater efficiency. The basis of the design components is to put a grain bin inside a grain bin and insulate the space between them with foam. Don't want to use foam insulation or too far from an installer? Floor Plans Mark is offering 4 hours of consulting time with the basic cost of this plan, and this can be done before you receive the plans so that it is possible to have some custom alterations made. All designs depicted are the exclusive property of Architecture By Synthesis and are copyright protected. These plans include all plans, sections, elevations, details, etc. that are appropriate for this plan package.

About the Aga Khan Development Network The agencies of the AKDN are private, international, non-denominational development organisations. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, without regard to faith, origin or gender. Its programmes are designed to bring a critical mass of economic, social and cultural activities to bear on a given area. Its projects encompass many of the determinants of the quality of life, including the natural and built environments in both urban and rural areas, food security, health, education, access to financial services and economic opportunity, as well as the cultural areas of traditional music, architecture and art. Some programmes, such as specific research, education and cultural programmes, span both the developed and developing worlds. Organisational Information The AKDN works in 30 countries around the world. About the Ismaili Community History The Community in the 20th Century

U-Shaped House Plan This pleasant home looks inward to an inviting flagstone courtyard with trees and plants. Spacious windows fill the home with light, while the earth floors, earth plaster and earthbags provide thermal mass to store excess heat, thus providing an even, comfortable inside temperature in moderate climates. 655 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath; footprint: 27' x 41' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. The easiest way to cut costs is to build small, so almost every plan I design is less than 1,000 interior square feet. Cost: How much do alternative houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses. Heat: Wood stoves serve as the heating system in virtually all my designs. The Plans for Sale

Go Green || Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. Here are 10 tips to keep your home comfortable this winter. 1. If you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a southern exposure, it can collect a great deal of heat. 2. In winter, a surprising amount of cold air can leak into your house around window and door openings, due largely to the fact that the framed (or rough) opening of a window or door is bigger than actual size of the window or door. 3. Baseboard and crown moldings that run along exterior walls are also sources of cold air infiltration. 4. 5. The tiny gaps between window sashes, jambs, headers, and sills and between the sash and the rails all add up. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Santa Fe IV Plan Santa Fe IV Sven Alstrom, Designer South Elevation This one story Santa Fe Style Guest House is based upon 24-inch wide straw bale construction or adobe block on concrete foundation & footings with crawl spaces. Natural interior plaster and natural exterior stucco are recommended. The house is 1,650 square feet gross (outside dimension) plus the courtyard & porch. The perimeter wall total of the 2 foot thick wall shown is approx. 169 sq, ft, Therefore, the net useable interior square footage is approximately 1,481 net square feet. Section Floor Plan The open kitchen may seat eight and is shown with a work table next to the entry. Here is a quote from one of Sven's many satisfied customers: "Sven worked within the design times that he initially gave us, worked well with other design people, helped us negotiate a contract with the general contractor, and was very active in recommendations for purchased items and appliances. Copyright Ecological Architecture P.C. for this design.

Eco Nest 1200 Plan This 1434 sf home was designed specifically for an off grid building site. It's floorplan allows all spaces to be easily heated by the solar gain or by the woodstove at night. The main bedroom has its own bathroom and there is a cozy sleeping loft above the dining area for guests. The screened porch expands the living area to encompass the outdoors and the storage room will hold the bikes and garden tools. A 'living roof' completes the greening of this unique eco-nest! Great plan for a remote vacation getaway or full-time rural home. Floor Plan All of Integral Design Studio's strawbale plans incorporate an internal modified post and beam structure, with bales on edge as infill. These plans include all four elevations, scaled floorplans, cross section details, other significant construction details. *In some cases the prints may be on 24"x36" sheets.

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that’s what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace silicon in solar panels. Since the price of hair is considerably cheaper than silicon, this enterprising youth may have just found a breakthrough technology to help bring down the cost of solar and give thousands of people in developing nations access to affordable renewable energy. Malin Karki had already been trying to create affordable renewable energy from hydro currents for a few years, but the project had become too expensive. The panels themselves are 15 inches square and can produce 9V or 18W of power and cost around $38 to produce. Via Dvice & Daily Mail

Chalet Plan Designed for the mountains, this vacation home has a large window wall and deck facing the mountain view. The master bedroom bedroom is on the upper floor. 672 sq. ft. interior plus 135 sq. ft. upper floor (807 sq. ft. total), 2 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 27' x 31' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. The easiest way to cut costs is to build small, so almost every plan I design is less than 1,000 interior square feet. Cost: How much do alternative houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses. Heat: Wood stoves serve as the heating system in virtually all my designs. Windows: All windows are standard sizes. Doors: Exterior doors are all 36" wide. The Plans for Sale

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