Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website www.greenhomebuilding.com, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Name: Kelly Hart
Location: Crestone, Colorado, United States

Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built (but is now mostly living in Mexico) and consults about sustainable building design.

April 01, 2009

Time to Learn about Natural Living

We are fast approaching the prime season for learning how to live more sustainably. This summer there will be opportunities galore to take a workshop nearby that will give you hands-on experience and understanding of a wide range of topics.

I have assembled dozens of these workshop and training sessions at one convenient place: www.greenhomebuilding.com. They are listed chronologically with enough information to give you a sense of whether they might be appropriate for you. If you don't find something there, I have also listed many places that have on-going workshops throughout the year at www.greenhomebuilding.com/education.

There are workshops about renewable energy that feature training about photovoltaic, wind, and hydro electric generation. Solar hot water for domestic use is also covered.

The theory and practice of passive solar architecture is taught, along with household energy efficiency in general.

Water conservation techniques, waste water treatment, compost toilets, water systems, and permaculture, are all featured topics at various venues.

In the realm of "natural building" there are many workshops about cob, timber framing, earthbags, earthen plasters, strawbale, stone masonry, cordwood, and green roofs.

There is no better way to learn some of the basics of all of this than by actually trying it out with your own hands. You will soon discover whether a technique is something you would like to use for one of your own projects. And there is the fun of joining with other folks to help each other learn. The instructors are mostly professionals who have dedicated their lives to learning and teaching the various techniques.

If you don't have the time or inclination to participate in such workshops, then you might enjoy attending one of the many expos or conferences that are listed along with the workshops. Much can be learned from browsing the exhibits and sitting in on presentations.

However you do it, there is no better time than now to find out more about how you can become more sustainable in the ways that you live!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Green Home Living said...

Great post Kelly. That is great that you are setting up workshops! Green living is really important for our kids futures and our earth. If people are not able to make your workshops Kelly have them check out Sierra Club Green Home because they have great videos on "how to" and homes that have become green. It is a great resource to learn more on green living if they cannot make it to your workshops! Take care and stay green.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Shropshire Architect said...

Green home building workshops are good for learning about why we need to build sustainably and how.

However, the use of solar, photovoltaic’s and wind generation on a domestic scale in the UK are not so effective.

It's important to know what's available and what works for your location.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Will said...

The Guardian has just launched 'Green your home', a web-based project that follows homeowners as they attempt to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, with pictures, blogs, and advice from a panel of experts. Worth checking out for tips.

See the site at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/series/green-your-home

9:03 AM  

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