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Construction Materials A sustainable home must make use of local (indigenous) materials, those occurring 'naturally' in the local area. The Nature of the Materials In keeping with the design and performance requirements of a Earthship Biotecture, the nature of the building matierials for an Earthship must have certain characteristics established. The requirements and characteristics below describe the nature of the ideal 'building block' for constructing the ideal building for residential and commercial applications. Indigenous: Materials are found all over the planet. Able to be fashioned with little or no energy: If a building material was found that was indigenous to many parts of the planet but it required massive amounts of energy to fashion into a usable form, then it would not be sustainable and not considered. Thermal Mass : Durability: We have built out of wood for centuries. Resilient: Earthquakes are an issue in many parts of the world. Low specific skill requirements: Related:  Houses

Latest News: | Cob Cottage Company Papercrete Papercrete is a construction material which consists of re-pulped paper fiber with Portland cement or clay and/or other soil added. First patented in 1928, it was revived during the 1980s. Although perceived as an environmentally friendly material due to the significant recycled content, this is offset by the presence of cement. The material lacks standardisation, and proper use therefore requires care and experience. Eric Patterson and Mike McCain, who have been credited with independently "inventing" papercrete (they called it "padobe" and "fibrous cement"), have both contributed considerably to research into machinery to make it and ways of using it for building.[citation needed] Manufacture[edit] The paper to be used can come from a variety of sources. A typical homemade mixer uses a small electric motor mounted directly on a shaft with two four-inch square blades attached, resembling milk shake maker. Paperpulp may be added to clay soils where sand is not available. Mr.

CoLiberation I joined Google Plus for one reason. Hangouts. I loved everything about this way of meeting people - how you could see everybody at once (up to 10 people), how whoever was talking took the center of the virtual stage. How what you wound up talking about often depended on who happened to drop in, or out. And especially how you could join and quit whenever you were so moved. In many ways, it seemed to me to be the virtual instantiation of a play community. There are other aspects of this virtual environment that contribute as strongly to it being a grounds for play, for experiencing coliberation. One more thing (no, I am not a member of the Google team nor invested in their enterprise), when they introduced games into their environment, they made it separate from everything else. And when you do play games, you have other people to play against and with. What Google Plus offers is still a far cry from a virtual New Games tournament. She continues: ..."

Comment construire une piscine naturelle et écologique en 10 étapes Email Les premières chaleurs estivales nous donnent envie de piquer une tête dans l’eau… Malheureusement on sait que les piscines sont très nocives à l’environnement, une consommation d’eau démesurée, un traitement chimique de l’eau et une consommation d’énergie élevée à cause des systèmes de chauffage, de pompage et autre robot de nettoyage… Loin d’être la panacée, construire une piscine naturelle est une alternative moins agressive pour la nature. Enfin votre petit coin de paradis à portée de main avec des souvenirs d’enfance qui ressurgissent à chaque instant. Aimeriez-vous, vous baigner dans une piscine naturelle dans votre jardin ? Quoi de plus agréable aux chaudes heures de l’été que de se rafraîchir dans une eau douce et vivifiante. Lorsque l’on pense à installer une piscine naturelle dans son jardin, l’autoconstruction est une possibilité très intéressante pour ceux qui ont un budget limité où qui ont envie de s’impliquer pleinement dans leur projet.

How To Build An Earthship An Earth Ship can be as simple as a one room with a loft or as complex as a multi-family apartment complex. One of the most famous Earth Ship homes was built by the actor Dennis Weaver and cost millions of dollars to complete. A small one can be constructed for a few thousand dollars, basically just the cost of the cement mix and if you are in a climate that is compatible with adobe type construction, and will do the labor for yourself, even less. So, how is an Earth Ship constructed? The design concept utilizes modules that can be mixed and matched to form a unique finished product. The simplest way to describe how and earth ship is built is to walk you through the construction of the basic module called "The Hut".

Innovative Apartment in Hong Kong - StumbleUpon Gary Chang, a talented architect from Hong Kong, has equipped his tiny 330 square foot apartment with a sliding wall system that allows him to create 24 different room configurations. As the suspended wall units are shifted around, the apartment transforms into a kitchen, library, laundry room, dressing room, an enclosed dining area or a lounge with a hammock. [images via AFP, NT] Also check out: Modern Studio Apartment in New York

Wood, Stone & Glass Home Brings the Outside Indoors Many architects talk of responding to the site and integrating their buildings with the surrounding natural environment, but few execute that intention with the compelling completeness shown in this house design. Moreover, the decisions that shaped this unique home were driven as much by sustainability and energy savings as they were by aesthetics and formal considerations. The glass roof that spans the main structure allows natural lighting deep into the Base Valley House while providing a way for breezes crossing the site to pass through and cool the structure. Bedrooms carved out of the ground below are kept out of the sun and cooled year round by the surrounding earth. Encased in wire mesh, stone retaining walls continue seamlessly from outdoors through the inside of the house, providing structural support to hold back surrounding dirt.

» The Quotes of the Civilization V Debut Trailer Games of State Looking at the feedback which is appearing around the internet, it seems that people are questioning whether or not the quotes in the debut trailer for Civilization V are real. I am happy to confirm that all of them are real and listed below for your contextual pleasure, but first lets recap the trailer itself, courtesy of Machinima. In order, the quotes are: A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long supressed, finds utterance. - Jawaharlal Nehru Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and is considered one of the greatest Indian statesman. Along with Mahatma Gandhi, he is considered one of the architects of free India. The second quote is from a speech by General Douglas MacArthur. Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. The third quote is the only one which is from ancient history.

Comment conserver des légumes frais pendant des mois.. sans réfrigérateur Si les jardiniers considèrent que le printemps et l’été doivent être consacrés à la culture des aliments, ils considèrent aussi que l’automne et l’hiver concernent la conservation des aliments. L’automne apporte des récoltes abondantes dans votre propre jardin ainsi que sur les marchés de produits locaux où les prix sont bas. L’hiver, le prix des produits augmente inévitablement. Il est donc logique de stocker autant que vous le pouvez pendant que les produits frais sont abondants et pas chers. L’une des façons les plus anciennes – et les plus faciles – de préserver les fruits et légumes frais tout au long des mois d’hiver est de stocker à froid, pratique connue aussi sous le nom de cellier ou aussi fruitier. Qu’est-ce qu’un cellier ou cave à légumes? Température Une température plus fraîche aide à préserver les produits en ralentissant la vitesse à laquelle ils libèrent de l’éthylène gazeux, ce qui ralentit donc leur dépérissement. Humidité Circulation d’air Comment agencer un cellier

Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. The World’s First Hobbit Motel (images via: For tourists the world over, New Zealand will forever be associated with The Lord of the Rings, since it served as the filming and production location for the film version of the saga. Modern Hobbit Home in Switzerland (images via: toxel) From outside, this home is like any other hobbit hole: half-hidden in a grassy hill, sheltered from the elements and blending in seamlessly with its surroundings. Rent-a-Hobbit-Hole: Hebridean Earth House (images via: webecoist) Another modern take on the timeless hobbit house design is the Hebridean Earth House, a secluded rental cottage on the Scottish isle of South Ulst. Backyard Hobbit Playhouse (images via: myhobbit-hole) “A hobbit hole in my backyard?

Subtle Subterranean House is Underground & Understated Many underground homes have relatively extreme designs, either due to ultra-wealthy clients who give their architects a (literal or at least metaphorical) blank check to design a luxury dream house, or because of existing conditions (for instance; retrofitting an old military base and/or missile silo to be a new home). This modest alternative shows the power of simplicity in a nonetheless remarkable minimalist home in the ground. BCHO Architects started by carving a basic box-shaped void into the earth, holding a place for the space with likewise simple retaining walls of rough and raw board-formed concrete. The displaced soil from the digging process was used for the rammed-earth parts of the final structure. There is also a heavy-and-thick theme that runs throughout the different materials, structures and supports of the home.

Permaculture Principles Why Our Ancestors Built Round Houses - and Why it Still Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today The oldest forms of indigenous shelter were often round in shape. (Think the Southwest USA Hogan, Mongolian Yurt, North American Teepee and the Greek Tenemos, among others.) Why did our ancestors choose to build round? Because the ovid shape -- eggs, earth, tree trunks, and stones -- is what they saw reflected in the surrounding natural environment. Wind and tsunami waves move naturally around a round building rather than getting caught at (and potentially ripping off) corners. There are dozens of interconnected points in a round home. The roof structure incorporates a unique architectural design that has its origins in the mountain steppes of Central Asia. The natural ther­mal dynam­ics of open-at-the-top architecture round space uses no external energy to circulate temperature. The acoustics of round space can be out of this world. A 21st century home built with modern materials can be a safe, energy efficient , healthy-living-by-design House of the Future that Comes from the Past!