Spring 2011 – Post your “BUILDING & Sustainable Architecture ” topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citation on your topic, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per class meeting.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).


    70 Responses to “BUILDING”

    1. mtcaldwell Says:

      See Water Showcase posting under Stuff.

    2. mtcaldwell Says:

      Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook-12th Edition: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies & Sustainable Living – Paperback (Apr. 1, 2005) by John Schaeffer

      This is a catalog with, books, products, and links to solar and sustainable sites.
      Published by Real Goods which has a store on Highway 101 in Willits, CA.

      They offer classes in Solar, Hydro, etc.
      Their store and grounds are demonstration
      areas for active/passive solar, composting
      toilets, and various sustainable materials.


    3. mtcaldwell Says:

      The PG&E PEC activities are not funded by tax, but are taken out of PG&E’s income as part of PUC requirements I believe. So more properly from the rate payers.

    4. josephcrum Says:

      Power with Nature by Rex A Ewing

      live well anywhere

      this book very simply explains how to make self reliant systems

    5. josephcrum Says:

      Got sun?
      Go solar

      great info on how to make your grid tied home more renewable

      a book by Rex A Ewing and Doug pratt

      1. mtcaldwell Says:

        This is a cheap online mag that keeps you up to date with PRACTICAL residential energy ideas and products. It offers usable code compliant plans as well as deailed very useful installation procedures and reviews.

    6. mtcaldwell Says:

      Here is a collection of links to sustainable construction and energy sites:

      http://www.monolithic.com/topics/domes (structure)
      Long lasting, little to no maintenance, very small energy footprint, disaster proof.

      Energy Saving

      Low cost housing

      Multigenerational homes

      Techno community

      Community tour

      Sustainability Demonstration – Hidden Villa
      Construction techniques, classes, working examples of :
      * passive solar
      * solar electric
      * straw bale
      * cob
      * rammed earth
      * geo heating/cooling

    7. zotique Says:

      Organic wallpaper!

      This guy is on the high-profile side of things but vertical gardens can definitley be utilized at our own homes. It could be a good use of space to plant veggies on a wall instead of taking up your flat yardspace.

    8. zotique Says:

      Sup guys. I was telling you guys about Earthships in class, here is a good paragraph from their website which sums up their mission:
      “The condition of our planet tells us we must now begin to take responsibility for what happens beyond the reach of our fingertips. We must begin to reconsider the source of these utilities, our access to them, and how we dispose of the waste produced. The mechanical systems of the Earthship confront these issues directly. We call this direct living. Source, access and destination are all contained within the Earthship, within the reach of our fingertips. There is no mystery involved in Earthship electricity. There is no unknown source of water. There is no magical black hole that sucks up all our sewage. Instead, we work in harmony with the earth to deal with these issues – taking what it has to give us directly and giving back what it wants to receive. With this harmony ringing in our minds we evolve the Earthship Systems.”
      Direct living. Getting closer to direct living is the central concept behind all environmental home renovations and additions is it not?

      1. Can you post the link for where this came from? Thanks!

    9. mtcaldwell Says:

      Here are links to PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center (PEC).

      The center offers special events with themes such as water and energy conservation where there are lectures on technology and business from suppliers.

      In addition the PEC offers (free):

      * classes http://www.pge.com/pec/classes (select solar as the #2 Primary Topic)
      * tools http://www.pge.com/pec/toolbox/tll/
      * reserach library http://www.pge.com/pec/inforesource/

      There are dozens of free classes offered at various locations in n. calif.

      I have attended events, classes, and checked out solar tools (range finder, solar tracker, digital camera, etc.) for evaluating a building site.

      Their library is EXTENSIVE.

      It’s all FREE!

      1. zotique Says:

        Tax dollars put to great work eh?

    10. yochivoy Says:

      This is just awesome architecture and idea

    11. kevinbice Says:


      It just looks so dang fun! If anyone hears of a project like this going down in the area I’d love to be part of it. Thanks.

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