Have you every though about what a basic shelter might look like if a disaster hit your hometown.
For many of us in the US the answer might be a hotel, a relatives home, or an apartment paid for by FEMA while your home was being rebuilt. Chances are your home would be rebuilt and it would probably be pretty much back to a livable condition in not more than a couple of years. Billions would be spent on clean ... Continue
Eco Housing used to conjure up images of housing that was below ground or covered in dirt, remote and off the grid, simple and scant on convenience and luxury.
Some of this may have been true in the past but today it is more important than ever to specify what Eco Housing is because it can impact the way future generation live and the quality of their lives.
With respect to Eco Friendly Homes: never before has man had to consider ... Continue
I have been in several conversations lately regarding sustainable housing materials and I have drawn some new conclusions.
My consultative status with the UN offers a way to hear a vast array of opinions on a lot of subjects. One conversation that is discussed often has to do with opinions over importing modern green building materials or using indigenous green building materials.
Overall it is being said that neither solution is profitable as a sustainable housing solution. In general I agree, but ... Continue
Sustainable Housing carries a broader meaning then just an eco house or green building materials or even green home building. Actually defining sustainable housing is difficult as the terms will have various meanings depending where in the world you live.
Sustainable Housing concepts in the developed world lean heavily on the use of strategies for Sustainable Energy for Homes and carbon footprint. The zero energy building has been all abuzz for some time now. While participating at a UN conference last year there were ... Continue
Sustainable Development and Affordable Housing.
Lets face it, not everybody knows what sustainable development really means so it isn’t always clear how sustainable development and affordable housing are linked. We need to start with the official definition of sustainable development because it is a term that conjures up all types of thoughts when used too loosely and depending on your point of reference may even draw opposing points of view. While consulting at the UN on the RIO+20 ... Continue
I Want To Use SIP Panels on My Next Project. Are They Covered in Building Codes?
When deciding if SIP Panels are a good choice for your next construction project, it is good to know they conform to building codes, are incredibly strong, and extremely energy efficient, and used to build hundreds of millions of square feet of buildings each year.
Over the years, products are accepted or rejected by a combination of public opinion, research, and practical ... Continue