Seacrete/Seament/Biorock

Seacrete is the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals from seawater. It’s stronger than concrete and can be used to build many things.

Seacrete is the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals from seawater. It’s stronger than concrete and can be used to build many things.


“The biorock building process (called accretion) grows cement-like engineering structures and marine ecosystems, often for mariculture of corals, oysters, clams, lobsters and fish in salt water. It works by passing a small electrical current through electrodes in the water. The structure grows more or less without limit as long as current flows. Read more from > Seacrete/Seament/Biorock

How to Build the Best Survival Shelter on a Budget

Traditional dome homes can be made with earthbags

Traditional dome homes can be made with earthbags

“If you are planning to bug out to a remote location, you probably think about building a permanent home that will remain unnoticed and able to withstand many kinds of attacks. But would you consider that the cheapest survival shelter is also the best? Would you start building an earthbag house? Read more from > How to Build the Best Survival Shelter on a Budget

Code-approved Strawbale Building Systems

Code-approved post and beam strawbale house. Note tarpaper on wood frame.

Code-approved post and beam strawbale house. Note tarpaper on wood frame.


“The current code approved method for straw bale construction that can resist wind and seismic forces is not shown in the International Residential Code, IRC or the International Building Code, IBC.

However, it is shown as an appendix to some state residential code such as Oregon Residential code, appendix R, Straw-Bale Construction. The provision of this appendix is applicable to single family detached structures and related accessory structures as defined in Section R101.2, utilizing straw-bales in the construction of wall systems. So, if someone wants to build a straw bale home without the need to hire a licensed Engineer or Architect, he/she will need to check with their local building department to see if they have adopted the appendix. Read more from > Code-approved Strawbale Building Systems

The Solar Trailer Home for Owner-Builders

An enclosed passive solar trailer home can provide temporary living space while your main home is under construction. When the enclosure is complete, you can drive or tow the trailer out if you wish. While you might not want to use the exact method described in the following article, they do provide some interesting ideas to think about. A key benefit is living and working at the jobsite to reduce costs. Read more from > The Solar Trailer Home for Owner-Builders

Warka-Water, Ethiopia

WarkaWater is designed to provide clean water

WarkaWater is designed to provide clean water


The 30ft high bamboo ‘flower basket’ that can pluck drinking water from thin air
• Structures use condensation to take water from the air in morning fog
• Can be built by villagers and transported to most needed areas by donkey
• Designed to be used in Ethiopia where wells cannot be dug Read more from > Warka-Water, Ethiopia