This blog post is highly relevant for those living in Canada and Alaska who are looking for a low cost replacement for Portland cement. Alaska buys most of their cement from Korea. This video shows how to make geopolymer using dirt cheap local materials, many of which are from industrial waste streams. Read more from > What are Geopolymers Made of?
“The previous construction experience in Community Health Centre and Community Centre Buildings became a great source of learning for JVF-Nepal. It was from these construction experiences that the architect started exploring best-suited technology for the site location and opted for Earthbag Technology instead of the traditional construction method. Ar. Magar utilized his Australian stay in 2013 to learn the environment-friendly, fast construction and low-cost building technique, Earthbaag technology that seemed appropriate for the new school building in Jhumlawang. Read more from > Another Earthbag School in Nepal Nears Completion
“Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated
Design, Construction, Resources — edited by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith & Catherine Wanek
The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as strawbale construction, cob or timber framing, few other resources introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field. Read more from > The Art of Natural Building – Second Edition
Here’s the latest on the Take it to Zero idea from yesterday’s blog post:
I see now that an online forum will naturally create self organizing teams of volunteers. People choose a topic they’re interested in and converse with others on the forum who are also interested in the same thing. Brainstorming and networking with others should lead to lots of good ideas and spontaneous/grassroots growth. So a free forum seems like a perfect solution for this project. Read more from > Volunteer MyBB Forum Administrator Wanted
Announcing the all new Take it to Zero initiative that’s starting right now!
Take it to Zero is a grassroots movement to make world changing ideas available for free on a massive scale. There are thousands of amazing world changing ideas, but all too often these ideas suffer from obscurity, lack of funding, or fail to materialize due to some weakness in our economic system. These things hinder their rapid, wide scale proliferation. Take it to Zero is a movement of dedicated volunteers that aims to overcome these barriers and help bring incredible ideas into fruition. Read more from > Take it to Zero
“In rural Nigeria, a few creative visionaries have created something called bottle brick technology that allows them to build strong structures using water bottles and soil. After sourcing plastic water bottles from nearby streets and dumps, the builders pack them with soil. By stacking the bottles on top of one another and binding with mud and string, they’re able to create a functional house. Read more from > A House Made Entirely From Plastic Bottles? You Bet!