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Blue Moon Rising ecoresort in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland “Blue Moon Rising (BMR) on Deep Creek Lake will be what we believe to be the area’s most innovative development to date. In partnership with Mother Nature, an #ecotourism retreat like no other is being created in the heart of Garrett County in Western Maryland. Using the landscape as a guide, natural structures that boast an ecologically tiny impact will be blended harmoniously with the wooded mountainside, overlooking Deep Creek Lake.

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Man Builds Two Earth Dome Cabins For Under $10K Following Joe’s popular article on tiny houses ‘A Look Inside This Luxury 280 Square Foot Tiny House In Oregon’ here is another example of what can be done for those wishing to explore alternative means of sustainable living. The tiny house trend will most likely increase over the coming years as people seek to reduce expenditures, debt and carbon footprints. The move toward living a more simple and self-sufficient life is one that will provide opportunities for developing greater connections with nature and allow communities to re-group Earthbag building is a relatively inexpensive method of construction which can be built quickly and cost effectively. It uses natural materials (usually local), generally requiring sturdy sacks which are filled with inorganic material.

Pallet House Build In the summer of 2011, volunteers from all over the country came together to build a house of pallets for a family on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The powerful experiences of living and working on the reservation were transformational for every participant of the build. Here in The U.S.A. there are so many places with codes and restrictions. If you work with the natives, there are terrific opportunities to build no code no restriction housing.

Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture Weekly Vote WinnerArtbound's editorial team has reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. After putting two articles up for a vote, the audience chose this article to be made into a short-format documentary. The California Institute of Earth Architecture or Cal-Earth appears like some alien subdivision dropped out from space into one of those ubiquitous cookie-cutter suburban starter home communities in the urbanized southwestern Mojave Desert. An Earthbag Round House For Less Than $5,000 Looking for a very stable design which does not only come cheap from the start but also makes you save money in the long run. Due to its shape and materials used, the earthbag house has less area than your normal home, so it’s cheaper to keep it supplied with energy. Don’t be scared if you never built circular structures before, because the example shown here used a technique called the compass arm which you can easily learn. Recycled or salvaged materials were used wherever it was possible, like in the door or on the floor. The tutorial has photos showcasing almost each step of the building process so if you decide to replicate the project, use it to help and guide you along the way. At the end you will have the comfort of 450 ft² with less than $5,000 spent overall.

Bulletproof & Fireproof House Made From Used Plastic Bottles This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. Oh, and it also reportedly holds a comfy year-round temperature of 64 degrees F. The bottles were filled with sand and are held together by mud and cement to form a solid wall that supposedly is stronger than cinder clocks. A man builds a wall with plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa. A group of activists have come up with a plan to build a house using bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart way to tackle the housing shortage problem in Nigeria. Read more at:

Triple Dome Survival Shelter « Earthbag House Plans April 12, 2011 by Owen Geiger Triple Dome Survival Shelter (click to enlarge) Specifications: Three 16′ interior diameter domes with 603 sq. ft. interior, 3 sleeping lofts with 312 sq. ft., total 915 sq. ft. interior, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 38′ x 38′ Description: This Triple Dome Survival Shelter provides much more space than my first earthbag survival shelter. This design is for long term survival for a family. Recommissioned Silos - Life In A Roundhouse Round houses have been a successful design option for thousands of years. Wind passes around the building and finds no resistance. Round buildings achieve much higher wind ratings than traditional straight edged buildings. Round houses also have less surface area on the exterior making for a home that is easier to heat and cool. Enjoy 5 pages of fabulously designed roud silo homes!

Step-by-Step Earthbag Building This Instructable explains each main step of construction for building vertical earthbag walls. Videos on my Earthbag Natural Building YouTube channel demonstrate the process. For those who don’t know, earthbag building uses polypropylene rice bags or feed bags filled with soil or insulation that are stacked like masonry and tamped flat.

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