Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

July 16, 2014 by  
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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

November 2, 2012 by  
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  We had an opportunity to sit down with green building consultant  Carl Seville , also known as know as the Green Building Curmudgeon for his no nonsense look at green building and remodeling. Carl just published the textbook  GREEN BUILDING: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction and is working on the new LEED for Homes Guide. We jump into the the quickly evolving world of green home construction and fly over the many local and national green building programs he has worked with. Fresh from speaking at the  RaterFest Conference  in the Colorado Rockies he gives us a sometimes surprisingly optimistic look at better home construction. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carl Seville , Earthcraft , eco housing , Energy Star 3 , Green Building , green building book , Green Building Principles and Practices , Green Curmudgeon , green home rating , green multi-family , green retrofit , HERS score , home building , leed for homes , NAHB

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The Uros: Organic Homes on Floating Man-Made Islands

July 15, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Geography & Travel . ] At first glance, these dwellings don’t look like much more than a scattering of huts along the edge of a river. However, the land they sit on isn’t exactly natural – though it is alive. The Uros people fashioned these floating islands themselves out of living reeds, and have lived on them in the middle of Lake Titicaca, which is bordered by Bolivia and Peru, for hundreds of years. Totora reeds, the materials used to create the islands as well as the Uros’ huts and boats, grow naturally in the lake. They have dense root systems that form a mat between three and six feet thick, keeping the islands buoyant despite sometimes supporting ten families. The roots rot away quickly, so the Uros – a Pre-Incan people who stake ownership claims to the lake and water – constantly add new reeds. These islands are sometimes anchored and sometimes allowed to drift across the surface of the lake. As the eight-foot-thick mass slowly sinks, the new material is added to the top. The texture underfoot is said to be spongy, giving up to four inches with each step. In addition to the islands they live on, the Uros also have ‘outhouse islands’; the root system of the reeds absorbs and filters the waste. The tortora reeds also provide for the Uros’ dietary and medical needs. The white bottom of the freshly-pulled reed contains iodine, which can help prevent goiter; it is also cool to the touch, and thus often split open and placed on areas of the body that are in pain. The flowers of the reed are made into tea. The Uros also rely on fish and birds for food, and occasionally venture to the mainland to barter for quinoa and other foods. While they have maintained a very natural lifestyle, they don’t shun modern technology – some of their boats have motors, and solar panels even power televisions. The Uros even run their own FM radio station. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Bridge to Nature: Amazing Indian Living Root Bridges When we think of amazing bridges, we usually think of the large steel and concrete variety. But Cherrapunji, India features truly astounding living bridges. 2 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» 10 Most Remote and Remarkable Inhabited Islands The most remote islands on earth, islands in lakes, the smallest islands, islands in cities and other amazing islands. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Architecture of Antarctica: 12 Strange Sub-Zero Structures With their heavy metal exteriors and tall legs, these 12 Arctic and Antarctic structures look surreal and almost sci-fi against the white polar landscape. Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Geography & Travel . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Shipping Container Transformed Into a Temporary Kindergarten Classroom In Slovenia

May 7, 2011 by  
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Schools constantly struggle with space shortages, but in the face of tight budgets and budget cuts there is little that many of these institutions can do. Understanding the importance of a comfortable learning environment to the budding mind, Slovenian architect  Jure Kotnik came up with a temporary fix to remedy the over-crowding at a local kindergarten

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Drink it In: 14 Buildings Made from Plastic Bottles

May 6, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] Plastic bottles are somewhat of a scourge, with 2.4 million tons of PET plastic discarded every year – how can we prevent many of these bottles from littering the earth? Maybe more of us should be building plastic bottle houses, which are cheap to construct and surprisingly durable

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