Author Archives: Glenn Meyers

New Paradigm for Compressed Earth Blocks and Roofs

TSC Global, championing its innovative “Roofs for the World” program, met in Denver with a group of earth building advocates, including Partners Worldwide and Iowa-based Vermeer Tractors for a full production test run of the Vermeer’s mobile compressed earth block machine press.

Recycling Styrofoam at ACH Foam Technologies

In spite of what many recycling proponents think, Styrofoam now has a place in the recycling supply chain, reports Fort Collins artist, Nancy Dobbs, who has been storing Styrofoam junk in hopes her wait would lead to getting the martial recycled. That was when she heard about one innovative company, ACH Foam Technologies

LED Economics Make Sensible Solutions

A year ago, Eco-story LED Lighting Solutions was selected by The Timberland Company (NYSE: TBL) to “help its stores make an eco-friendly shift in lighting.” The results are impressive – both economically and environmentally.

Sunflower Corp. Sheds Some Daylight on Its Subjects

Those wanting the best light for interior spaces may want to take a look at Sunflower Corporation and its Sundolier®, a lighting system designed to deliver high quality indirect daylight to large spaces.

Wisconsin Team Introduces Aquaponics in Haiti

Nelson & Pade, a Wisconsin-based aquaponics company, recently traveled to Haiti to launch an aquaponics system that can grow vegetables and fish to help feed people.

Compressed Earth Block Questions and Answers

For those interested in learning more about compressed earth blocks (CEBs) this is an excellent informational site of Instituto Tierra y Cal, a non-profit organization that envisions a global resurgence of healthful and sustainable rural communities

Low-cost Compressed Earth Block Manufacturing Introduced

This October, a group of international business people gathered to observe a portable compressed earth block (CEB) press called the 714 Dynabloc Press co-developed and manufactured by Iowa-based Vermeer Corporation in conjunction with Faith Tech Connect (FTC).

GE Will Use Advanced Telemetry’s ‘EcoView™ Energy Management System

n an era when the adaption smart technologies for tracking energy usage and performance is becoming more commonplace, electricity pioneer, General Electric has selected San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry, developer of EcoView Residential – as a wireless energy monitoring dashboard product that can help lower homeowner energy usage, utility bills and carbon emissions.

Mr. Electricity Ranks Refrigerators & Electrical Wasters

For those wondering if they or their friends have attained the 21st century status of being electricity hogs, they might wish to get familiar with Michael Bluejay, known to many as Mr. Electricity on his website.

Here’s Looking at Composting Waterless Toilets

For those considering building without a septic tank or access to a sewer line, it might be time to look at composting alternatives, especially if putrid smells can be avoided. Swedish-based BioLet has manufactured waterless toilets for 35 years.

Bamboo in America

Until now, almost all of the bamboo in products sold here has come from overseas. That could change soon, as new planting techniques may lead to millions of new acres of bamboo shoots in the American South.

TSC Global Showcases ‘Roofs for the World’ Demo

Evidence of new buildings featuring an innovative and cost-effective roof can now be seen in a growing number of African nations, including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan, as part of a Roofs for the World initiative.

Julee Herdt’s BioSIPS: Houses of Fiber, Not Wood

“By scientifically determining the arrangements of fibers of different lengths and types of underutilized wood and agricultural waste, we are now turning fiber residues into useful products.”

Straw Bale Workshop at SD Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation

Students are encouraged to stay after the class to continue to work on the building. “This workshop looks like a good opportunity to learn straw bale building in an indigenous cultural setting,” says Culver.

New Habitat Approaches: Build Roofs First

“The principle of roofs-first is to be able to rapidly, and at the lowest cost, provide shelter so the families can move in and eventually fill in their wall. They don’t have time for a slow process of building up from foundations or traditional walls and wait until they can afford a roof? No. The roof-first process builds the roofs for them.”

Trash House

There is plenty enough to know about all the trash we create and the wastefulness of our ways. But when you meet Colorado architect, Doug Eichelberger, you are happy to find a person who is all about solutions, putting trash to use as a building material. A visit to his Lucky Ranch reveals a very…