An eye-opening documentary entitled “Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand was released in 2009. This 2 hour video, which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube, emphasizes that if we, humanity, continue to live the way we have for the past 60 years, using finite resources at an astonishing rate, we will destroy the only “Home” that we have.
North Face of House in Straw Bales – Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Australia
Currently, one of the biggest trends for homes is “going green.” Unfortunately, the biggest problem with going green is…green. Remodeling a room to be eco-friendly can really cost you a lot of money. That price tag is something that scares a lot of budget-conscious people away. It doesn’t have to be like that though. Going […]
Understanding what warm ocean currents on Antarctica “Warm ocean currents attacking the underside of ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice loss from Antarctica. This animation shows the circulation of ocean currents around the western Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves are indicated by the rainbow color; red is thicker (greater than 550 meters), […]
This was originally posted on Clean Technica. Airborne Wind Turbine Video from Altaeros Energies – Seeing Is Believing (via Clean Technica) Tina Casey reported on a helium-based airborne wind turbine from Altaeros Energies capable of delivering electricity from elevations ranging from 350 feet to 1000 feet, The image used for her post was a donut, reflecting the shape of the […]
The State of Georgia’s only dental school – the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) College of Dental Medicine (CDM) – has a new $112 million home that features a warm, embracing, family-centric care environment, provides state-of-the-art equipment for both students and dental practices, and fulfills a need for the university to educate more dentists.
Two examples of architecture based on a shape that creates a vastness instead of a space are designed by Heri & Salli and Juergen Mayer.
I have received a number of queries from homeowners and homebuilders who are concerned about formaldehyde that has been used in laminates like plywood, particle board, and MDF. It’s nice to recognize a company like Columbia Forest Products, which uses formaldehyde-free technology to manufacture PureBond hardwood plywood.
For those planning new homes or buildings and wanting to make them as energy efficient as possible, straw bales present an interesting option. Take a look at this home, featured by American Clay Enterprises.
Found photograph: "Srey Poom's parents eat their dinner by light produced by burning methane gas produced in a biodigestor. Breaking down animal waste into clean energy for cooking, lighting and making fertilizer."
Great Aunt Katherine used to tell me I’d meet people who succeeded at what they did only because of their contrary natures. The gardener’s the exception, called upon to bring to the table patience, tenacity, the daring of a scientist, and a very practical side that understands everything there is to know about the tincture of time.
With the approach of springtime comes a cartload of ideas worth considering. Her we share some photos that might spark the imagination. Creative types will soon find bamboo offers as may design options as the painterly mind wishes to put on the garden easel.
Oppenheim Architecture + Design is one of many bright young firms leading the way to a beautiful and sustainable living/visiting/storing architectural world.
The information that follows is critical to share. I received this report via Joe Romm’s Climate Progress, focusing on an important February 29 TED speech by James Hansen on the greenhouse effect as it impacts our planet, “Why I must speak out about climate change,” followed with a very smart “fee and dividend” solution. Hansen’s speech is then followed by what I feel is a “must-read” article from Dan Miller, founder of Climate Place.
Not only should waste materials be reclaimed and put to other good uses, they can be made into fun and inexpensive scientific toys, contends Arvind Grupta, the man behind Toys from Trash.