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Take a Video Tour of an Earthship

Video: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/11/earthship_biotecture_renegade_new_mexico_architects

Earthship creator Michael Reynolds, interviewed by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. What’s amazing is how jungle-like it is indoors, with bananas growing, a pond for tilapia and much more. Reynolds shares his view that everyone lived in houses that supplied all their needs, there would be no reasons for war. He also said he’s working on Earthship townhouses to prove that the same techniques can work in an urban setting.

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Reynolds calls himself a “biotect,” as he lost his license as an architect for breaking rules — mainly involving the handling of sewage, he says. Here’s how he explains the sewage design in Earthships:

“We get the water from the sky — rain and snowfall — and we use it four times: We use the water for taking a shower; and then we use the water for running through the botanical cells growing plants; and then we collect it again at the end of the botanical cell and flush the toilet with that same water; and then that water gets treated in a septic or anaerobic system, and then it overflows into more botanical cells that are used for landscaping. So, in the end, no water ever leaves the premises that came from the sky.”
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4 People Living Green and Off the Grid

“Off -the-grid” may conjure images of die-hard survivalists, but the term actually has a spectrum of meaning.  “Now more people are starting to understand how quickly we are driving toward the edge of our ecological capacity on the planet,” said Katrina Morgan, principal architect for Fermata Consulting, a green building consulting firm. “They are not just fringe types anymore.”Many of those disconnected from the electrical grid are living in homes powered by renewable resources like wind and solar. Some eschew other public utilities, like municipal water and sewage systems. Others forage for building materials. Many live communally. Here are a few of their stories.

Read more: 4 People Who Are Doing it: Living Greener, Off-the-Grid – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/realestate/ci_20460102/4-people-who-are-doing-it-living-greener#ixzz1tXTVNxVe

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Green Homes Here to Stay as Demand for Energy Efficiency Grows

The hottest trend in home design is not limited to wow-factor kitchens, master-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs or the family-friendly great room. Instead, a solid trend in home design is one where homes are built with energy efficiency and sustainable materials in mind.

That means home building has gone green — probably to stay.

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According to the National Home Builders Association, the green building market has increased dramatically from 2 percent of homes built to energy-efficient standards in 2005 to 17 percent of homes built in 2011. The American Institute of Architects reports similar numbers, with an increase of requests for energy-efficient products and energy management systems, including solar panels and geothermal technology.

This growth is expected to continue rising to an estimated 30 percent by 2016, says Kevin Morrow, senior program manager for Energy and Green Building at the NAHB.

Read more: Green Homes Here to Stay as Demand for Energy Efficiency Grows – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/jobs/ci_20460118/green-homes-here-stay-demand-energy-efficiency-grows#ixzz1tXQILkDg

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