Tagged sustainable building

“Building Zen” at the USGBC Green Building Conference 9/22/15

Building Zen Logo final smSeptember 22 – As part of the 2015 San Diego Green Building Conference, architect Drew Hubbell, Project Manager Ed Earl, and I (Rebecca Tasker) will be presenting Building Zen, an overview of the nearly-completed 6,000 square foot straw bale nuns’ housing at the Deer Park Buddhist Monastery. Join us to hear about this unique project and the experience of bringing mindfulness to the design and construction process. This full day conference has an interesting and diverse line up of speakers.

straw bale public housing

The first straw bale public housing project in the United Kingdom is moving forward.  Straw bale building technology fits with low income, subsidized housing because not only can it be affordable to build, the cost of operating a straw bale building can be so much less than a conventional building.  It is time for straw bale to shake off the reputation of being a boutique building method and prove its usefulness to the masses.

First straw bale council houses are complete – read the Green Building Press report here: http://www.greenbuildingpress.co.uk/article.php?article_id=527

Council to build houses of straw – an older BBC report here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7855847.stm

toxic drywall

Why build differently? In a global economy with different rules in different countries, it's hard to be sure what is or isn't in commercially available building products. The case of the tainted Chinese drywall is extreme but highlights how little we know about what we are building with unless we carefully trace origin and content.

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houses shrink, satisfaction grows

According to recent consumer studies, some homeowners are beginning to prefer smaller homes.  The old mantra of “reduce – reuse- recycle” starts with the idea of first using less.  This is very encouraging news!

Houses Shrink But Buyer Satisfaction Grows– read the Journal of Light Construction report here: http://www.jlconline.com/cgi-bin/jlconline.storefront/EN/UserTemplate/69?c=f61e699980645ddc392f18354d154793 (scroll down to the second section of the article).