Master 062514&utm_campaign=08.02.14 Survival There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills — from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills — prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But, unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown or environmental catastrophe. When Technology Fails covers the gamut.
Exploring Alternatives Subscribe to the Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel here: Hi! We're Mat and Danielle, and welcome to the Exploring Alternatives YouTube channel. Since 2012 we've been drastically simplifying our lives from a 4-bedroom house down to a small campervan and two suitcases. Now we’re a couple of minimalist nomads, and we’re putting the idea of living large with less to the test. Eco-Dome: Moon Cocoon - Cal-Earth Building Designs The Eco-Dome is a small home design of approximately 400 square feet (40 sq. meters) interior space. It consists of a large central dome, surrounded by four smaller niches and a wind-scoop, in a clover leaf pattern. Learning and building an Eco-Dome is the next stage after building a small emergency shelter and provides hands-on learning experience in the essential aspects of Superadobe construction.
Outdoor living: A permaculture guide to food and fresh water Your style and method of eating can change dramatically when living outdoors. During the summer, you may stock up on dry whole foods, formulate a stronger connection with your vegetable garden, or might be tempted to forage for wild food and look for clean sources of safe unchlorinated drinking water. Dry food Dried foods are the easiest to store. Wholefoods, some of the healthiest and most nutritional of foods, usually come in dried form anyway and are particularly attractive to those living in yurts, tipis and camping in tents.
Eco Nest 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!
Global Village Construction Set by Marcin Jakubowski Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set - a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world. Norcal veteran coder customizes with sensors off-grid home Loren Amelang once helped code for Silicon Valley companies, but he’d always been sensitive to environment so when his employer installed fluorescent lighting and wouldn’t let employees use their own lights, he decided to move to the country and craft his off-grid dream home. (This is a follow-up story with Amelang. The original stories from 2011: C++ programming pioneer hacks off-grid, DIY, smart home and 96-square-foot tiny home handbuilt inside century-old barn). Today he lives with “clean air, a great view, free hot water and free power, and a decent chunk of free heat”.
Architect Designs a Sunflower House Where ‘Form Follows Nature’ The hallmark of modernism in the 20th century was the idea that “form follows function.” Now, architect Koichi Takada is challenging designers to create a new architectural movement focused on environmental responsibility. He believes that in this new style, “form follows nature.” His Sunflower House responds to this call as a single-family home designed to create its own energy. It was commissioned by Bloomberg Green in order to meet the standards of a greener future for Europe. How to build a Blackhouse In the pictures above (left and right) you can see how the oat straw thatch is fixed to the stonework and kept in place by ropes and stone. The oat straw was replaced regularly and the old thatch was used for fertiliser. Above (middle) is the central open fire with a bed alcove (Pattern No. 188) in the background. The home (right) is a modern blackhouse built in Canada.
Free Small Cabin Plans that will Knock your Socks Off Well, I guess I’ll toss my 2 cents in here now. I’ve looked at these plans over and over and I keep thinking: Why reinvent the wheel? Why not build the 384′ cabin, but leave out the kitchen area and instead put in a small woodstove? Next, pour a pad right beside your cabin and park your trailer on it. Living With The Land Part 2 - Natural Building Kevin McCloud, presenter of Channel 4's 'Grand Designs', introduces us to a world of beautiful, practical and natural buildings. From clay and cob, to straw bale and timber framing, learn how using natural and local materials is not only economical, but creates a unique home that is strong and durable. Natural buildings are an ancient tradition with a modern appeal. Creating healthy, beautiful homes from natural materials such as earth, straw and timber, building naturally is the ultimate expression of ecological design. Building isn’t ‘done' to us – it can be done by us.