Earth Home Plans and Designs - the Basics Building a basic, minimalist earth home is not a difficult task, at least not for somebody who is prepared for this type of eco-friendly dwelling. Nevertheless, sometimes it is more beneficial to ask for help from someone who has some experience in planning, designing and eventually supervising the construction of an earth home. Below is a list of some basic rules and that should be adhered to if one wants to succeed at building an earth home. How to plan and build a basic earth home? Finding the right kind of soil is the first requirement. This rough guide to building an earth home covers only basic rules of construction. Further eco-friendly technological improvements can be employed, for example solar panels, wind turbines or rain water collection systems. Reasoning Reasonableness ... Conservation of energy, low cost and having a low carbon footprint are three of the main reasons people build earth homes.
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Lawyer Turned Architect Builds Recycled Homes for People in Need, Will Travel to Haiti Photos: BBC Mundo. We've seen houses from recycled PET bottles and even massive homes with glass bottles, though they are usually just a rare experiment by their owners. Not in this case: Bolivian lawyer turned architect Ingrid Vaca Diez helps people in need to build their own homes with recycled materials that, apart from plastic bottles, involve whatever material is available, including expired powder milk and even horse manure. Her project has been so successful that she's being sent to Haiti. Learn more inside.It all began with a request from a little neighbor girl who wanted a room of her own and a lot of accumulated PET bottles in her patio. And so she began building homes with plastic bottles and recycled materials, but not just as a fun hobby, but as a real alternative for people in need. She has already built six of them in Warnes, a town in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; and she's now gone regional with her first house in Roldan, a town in Santa Fe province, Argentina.
Ashes to houses - High Country News by Jonathan Thompson Nageezi is a small settlement on the far eastern side of the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico. It’s classic high-desert country, with ponderosa pines and sagebrush and beige cliffs, along with the smattering of run-down housing so often seen on reservations. But among the trailers and tract homes sits one unusual structure, the kind that wouldn’t seem out of place in a chic Santa Fe neighborhood. Its walls are stucco, and in its courtyard, a pergola shaped like a hogan faces the rising sun. Mary and Kee Augustine, Navajo elders, live in this home, which was built in 2005. Each year, along with all the pollution they put into the air, coal-fired power plants in the U.S. collectively regurgitate some 129 million tons of solid waste, about half of which is flyash. In Page, Ariz., however, the Navajo Nation’s housing authority has taken a novel approach to utilizing the stuff. The main structure of the Augustines’ Nageezi home is made of FlexCrete blocks.