Tag Archive: Recycled Materials

Where B.C. Hobbits, a Publishing Guru and Earthship Mentors Meet

Frodo (Monica) and I (just call me Sam) went all the way to L.A. to attend a book publishing seminar by ‘the man’ (Mark Victor Hansen) and guess what? One week later we had a literary agent out of Chicago to represent us. One year later a publisher picked us up, and ten months after…

Rammed Earth Tire Dwellings, aka Earthships

If you shut off all your mechanical means to heat your home in the winter time at say -25 below, would you find it mildly chilly or would it be completely uninhabitable? Earthships, created by Michael Reynolds, are brilliant, and we intend to build one. It is considered to be a sustainable structure. An Earthship is a structure that needs no foundation to hold it up and is placed directly on the ground to take advantage of Geo Thermal principles. The glass wall of the greenhouse stretches along the entire east/west side of the house which is oriented towards the southern sky. This allows sunlight to enter the structure all day where the planters can benefit, and the substantial thermal mass collects, stores and releases the heat of the day slowly at night when most needed.

Papercrete Construction

Papercrete is recycle-reusing old paper in a slurry of sand and cement mixed and poured into molds to make any size and shape brick you please. It’s cement ‘light’, all the insulated properties you want without the weight. The recipe goes as follows: 60% paper (newspaper/cardboard/magazines), 30% sand and 10% cement. Once that puppy cures…

10 Ways to Recycle while Building New Homes

Tires: Fill ‘em with dirt and pound them.  They make great retaining walls in a rammed earth tire dwelling. Dirt: As in…as cheap as.  When you excavate the foundation for the rammed earth tire dwelling you will be reusing that dirt you just took out to put back in the tires. Firewood: As in cord…

Definition of Biotecture

Biotecture noun 1. The profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture. In the category of ‘Biotecture’ we will be exploring alternative architecture and building techniques for their pros and cons as they relate to sustainability and the natural world. We won’t be promoting any…

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