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Tiny Homes into the International Residential Code

Tiny Homes into the International Residential Code

The mainstreaming of affordable and energy-efficient small and tiny homes into our cultural consciousness has picked up tremendous momentum in the last few years, leading many to characterize it as a movement in its own right. Even though tiny homes won’t be a fit for everyone, they could potentially help address critical issues like over-consumption and debt, while growing alternative and more sustainable building practices on a larger scale and making housing more affordable.

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Why We Should All Live in Earthships

Why We Should All Live in Earthships

Over the years, as I’ve become more and more in touch with the ways of green and natural living, I’ve started to become more aware of the things in my home that aren’t quite what they could be. We rent now for a variety of reasons, but one reason I’m grateful for that is because we’ll have the opportunity to build the house of our dreams when we’re ready. Researching the best ways to build that dream home is something I’ve developed quite a passion for. During my research, I stumbled upon a concept that I find pretty fascinating: Earthships.

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Virginia Building Codes for Green Buildings

Virginia Building Codes for Green Buildings

Looking for advice from people in Virginia about building codes. I’m trying to choose a county where I can start my own farm. I’d like to use traditional building methods – hay bales, earthship, sand bag type architecture, and cut my own lumber on site. Looking for 50+ acres. Please let me know where you’re from, and what kind of building codes there are!

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Riverfront property bordering National forest with Earthship (Jemez Mountains)

Riverfront property bordering National forest with Earthship (Jemez Mountains)

Jemez Springs Area, New Mexico — Green Home For Sale. Riverfront mountain property with unfinished Passive Solar Earthship, attached to large Greenhouse/Atrium Dome. Borders National Forest on two sides. 15 Fruit trees, year-round stream. One hour from Santa Fe/ABQ. Price reduced by $130K to $249,000 FALL 2016 UPDATE – last chance, property off the market soon! interested? contact the owner via greenhomesforsale.com Rare waterfront mountain property with a creek!

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Harvesting Tires

Harvesting Tires

The tire is indigenous all over the world as a “natural resource”. Every city is a natural supplier of this item. It can be “harvested” with absolutely no technical devices or energy other than two human hands to pick it up and throw it into a pickup truck. The automobile tire is definitely an indigenous material to every heavily populated area of the planet. It is readily available without the energy and economic impact of shipping to every potential building site. 

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Ten ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

Ten ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

One of the most important actions of our time is taking place right now.  The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and thousands of Native and non-Native allies are peacefully camping near the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers, to protect the water from contamination.  These are the waters that the Tribe relies on for its water supply.  Water is life, water is sacred. This is a non-violent gathering to pray and to stand up for life, named the Camp of the Sacred Stones. But construction has already begun on the Dakota Access Pipeline, meant to carry fracked crude oil from the Bakken plains…

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Housing programs not supported by San Francisco

Plan would have imposed 1.5% payroll tax on companies such as Uber, Google and Airbnb, which generate more than $1m in revenues yearly. San Francisco has voted against a proposal known as the “tech tax” which would have forced the area’s biggest technology firms to fund initiatives to provide affordable housing and tackle the city’s homeless problem. The tax, which would have been on the ballot in the city in November, would have imposed a 1.5% payroll levy on technology companies that generate more than $1m in revenues a year, including Uber, Google, Twitter and Airbnb. It was proposed in…

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Insanity: flooded homes get rebuilt the same way

The U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, which holds policies for more than 5 million homes, is $23 billion in debt after a string of natural disasters this century. As climate change further strains the program, analysts say it is time to shift its focus from rebuilding to mitigating risk. 29 AUG 2016 More than 2,100 properties across the U.S. enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program have flooded and been rebuilt more than 10 times since 1978, according to a new analysis of insurance data by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One home in Batchelor, Louisiana has flooded 40…

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Earthship Greenhouse going up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Earthship Greenhouse going up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Local volunteers hard at work on building a self-sustaining greenhouse out of donated and up-cycled materials. There’s a building northwest of Edmonton which, as it stands, might not look like much, but it’s the groundwork for some lofty green goals. Right now, it looks like piles of excavated dirt and some earth-filled tires stacked on top of each other nestled in the side of a hill, however Edmonton Greenship organizers hope that, by the end of next summer, it will be a fully-functional, self-sustaining greenhouse made of only up-cycled materials and a place where people in the Greater Edmonton Area…

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Are you Sustainable? New App tells you the truth.

Are you Sustainable? New App tells you the truth.

Calculate your water and carbon footprint, see how you compare to others and accept challenges to make a personal contribution toward a more sustainable future.

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