01 Jun '11, 4pm

Choosing foundation materials: A subconscious decision?: We design a house from the inside out and engineer a ho...

We design a house from the inside out and engineer a house from the top down, but we build a house from the ground up. What are the most environmentally sensitive, durable materials? [Editor's note: Robert Riversong, a Vermont builder, continues his 10-part series of articles taking design and construction to what he sees as radical or "root" concerns. Enjoy--and please share your thoughts. – Tristan Roberts] 5. Foundations – it all starts here: how do we begin? From the Ground Up We design a house from the inside out and engineer a house from the top down, but we build a house from the ground up. The foundation is, literally, the basis for everything else--and the old-timers used to say that a house is only as good as its foundation. When our shelters were simple, such as the log cabins of the American frontier, we could mark out our place on earth with four large stones ...

Full article: http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2011/5/30/Cho...

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Mushrooms can break down 90% of diaper material...

treehugger.com 02 Jun '11, 5pm

Mushrooms Can Break Down 90% of Diaper Materials Within 2 Months Photos: Wikipedia & Flickr , CC Mario & Luigi Would be Pr...

Passive House Design from Canada Wins Competiti...

treehugger.com 02 Jun '11, 12pm

(now called Passive House in North America) standard is usually thought of as a response to temperate or cold conditions, ...