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Archive for March, 2012

Double Unit Ecoresort

Saturday, March 31st, 2012:

Specifications: Two 16′ diameter roundhouses = 402 sq. ft. interior plus 80 sq. ft. baths, total 482 sq. ft. interior (241 per unit), 1 bed, 1 bath per unit, Footprint: 19′ x 49’ Description: This ecoresort design joins two earthbag roundhouses with private baths between. The roof extends over the porch to create a shaded […]  Read more from > Double Unit Ecoresort

Low Cost Products for Weatherizing Your Home

Friday, March 30th, 2012:

“Weatherization facts: – Low income families will realize greater comfort and additional disposable income, saving over $400 in reduced energy costs (at current prices) the first year. This equates to a 23% reduction in primary heating and cooling fuel costs. – Taken together every $1 invested in the weatherization program returns $2.72 in energy and […]  Read more from > Low Cost Products for Weatherizing Your Home

Dropping Home Values

Friday, March 30th, 2012:

Dropping Home Values: One More Reason to Build Your Own Sustainable Home As if you needed another reason to build and live sustainably… Okay, here’s another reason – dropping home values. Millions of people are getting badly burned on their home investments. This is another reminder to live within our means. Build and buy only […]  Read more from > Dropping Home Values

Coppicing

Friday, March 30th, 2012:

Coppiced wood has all sorts of practical uses for natural builders – sustainable fuel source, pole building, wattle and daub, pinning, braces, latilla ceilings and more. “Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management which takes advantage of the fact that many trees make new growth from the stump or roots if cut down. In […]  Read more from > Coppicing

Fire Resistant Green Building

Thursday, March 29th, 2012:

“I PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT! Global Warming Equals Increasing Fire Danger Build a Durable Fire resistant Structure Fire Resistant Roofing Fire Resistant Decking Maintain a Defensible Space II LESSONS FROM THE 1993 LAGUNA BEACH FIRE – WHAT SURVIVED? – Many if not most homes burned from the inside out (fire storm heat ignited interior curtains, etc) […]  Read more from > Fire Resistant Green Building

Built-in Shelving

Thursday, March 29th, 2012:

Extra storage space always seems to come in handy. Built-in shelving helps organize and store your books and other belongings in a way that adds warmth and character to your home. Built-in shelving is a sign of a well-built home. Lower quality homes, in contrast, typically have bare walls with few or no built-in amenities. […]  Read more from > Built-in Shelving