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Our Future Is Building Green

Benefits of Industrial Hemp (Video 9:29)

Hemp Plant
- Industrial Hemp (which is not the same as medicinally and recreationally-used marijuana) was grown commercially in the US until the 1950s. Now the US is the only industrialized nation that prohibits growing industrial hemp despite the fact that it’s highly profitable; can be used to make more than 25,000 products, including paper, fiber, plastics, textiles, and rope; and does not require the use of herbicides or pesticides to grow it. 

Many communities are aiming to make industrial hemp legal, which would benefit farmers, our economy, and the environment. In the last ten years more than 28 American states have introduced hemp legislation. You can learn from their experiences and join forces.

Pyramid Greenhouse
Easy Plans for Building Any Size Pyramid That Will Work Like the Great Pyramid of Giza.   the 1970s, Les Brown published a small book called The Pyramid, How to Build It; How to Use It. In that book, he explained a simple way to correctly calculate the base, sides, and height for any size pyramid that would match the ratio and proportions of the Great Pyramid of Giza (Cheops) in Egypt. The Giza pyramid could fit perfectly within a hemisphere fitted over it and would just touch the hemisphere at its apex and its four corners. Following this formula, which employs the Golden Mean ratio (also called Phi) of 1.618, the sides of the Giza pyramid are angled precisely at 51 degrees, 51 minutes, and 14 seconds.  This website shows you these plans and links to a video that explains it further.  Astonishing technology for Green Living.

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself? (video)
All buildings today have something in common. They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing, and construction using teams of workers. All of this effort results in an inert object. And that means that there’s a one way transfer of energy from our environment into our homes and cities. This is not sustainable. Rachael Armstrong believes the only way for us to construct genuinely sustainable homes and cities is by connecting them to nature; not insulating them from it. This film discusses the use of metabolic materials for the practice of architecture.

Recycled Houses - Welcome to the Commotion - The Phoenix Commotion is a local building initiative created to prove that constructing homes with recycled and salvaged materials has a viable place in the building industry. This process uses only apprentice labor and teaches marketable skills to anyone with a work ethic who is willing to swing a hammer. By keeping labor costs low and using donated or found materials, the homes created are truly affordable. No two are alike due to the myriad of materials used, so there is an artistic element that makes Phoenix Commotion homes unique.

Recycled Houset
We target single parents, artists, and families with low incomes. We require the homeowner to be involved with the planning and construction of his or her own home. The result is a person who is empowered, not only by the useful knowledge of building skills, but by the opportunity to become part of a community as a vested participant.  Here's another video on recycled houses http://www.youtube.com/watch?


Solar and Wind Power — Renewable
Energy Systems

Solar Panel DIY Photovoltaic —
Installation Training Video

DIY Solar Panel System Cost

Free Solar Heat —
How to build a Solar Panel DIY

Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building
Promoting natural building, and sustainable design and development, through research, training, education and consulting services. Over one billion people lack decent shelter, according to the United Nations. As our forests and other natural resources are rapidly depleted, and as global warming worsens, our mission becomes more evident and even more pressing. The Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building is devoted to finding solutions to the world’s housing problems. We believe the answer lies in education — helping others help themselves. Please join us in our efforts to reate a more just, sustainable world. “If everyone makes a difference, the world will be different.”

Building with Earthbags (sometimes called sandbags)
Sandbags have long been used, particularly by the military, for creating strong, protective barriers, or for flood control. The same reasons that make them useful for these applications carry over to creating housing. Since the walls are so substantial, they resist all kinds of severe weather (or even bullets) and also stand up to natural calamities such as earthquakes and floods. They can be erected simply and quickly with readily available components, for very little money

Dream Green Homes
You Source for Alternative Home Plans. Dreaming About a Green Home? Have you been dreaming about that perfect green home that is welcoming, cozy, and provides for all of your housing needs, while also allowing you to live lightly on our earth? DreamGreenHomes.com can help you discover a home plan that matches your needs and aesthetics, in a way that will conserve energy and resources.

The Green School
Empowering global citizens and green innovators who are inspired to take responsibility for the sustainability of the world. “Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” — A Native American Saying.

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