hippie

Earthship Hype and Earthship Reality

Posted on January 29,2015 by user-756436 in earth-bermed

If you are a hippie from Taos, New Mexico, you know what an earthship is. It’s an off-grid earth-bermed passive solar home with exterior walls made of old tires packed with dirt.

Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Posted on January 29,2015 by KevinIreton in BE13

Last week, I drove to Boston for Building Energy 13, the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). There were nine full-day workshops, 12 half-day workshops, and 60 hour-and-a-half sessions, with 10 going on at any one time. I can't possibly do justice to the quality of this event, but I can urge you to go next year and to look for more information about this year's conference on the NESEA website in the coming weeks.

Nostalgia for the Hippie Building Heyday

Posted on January 29,2015 by user-756436 in back to the land

A discredited theory of embryonic development held that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” — in other words, that the the developmental stages of an embryo (its ontogeny) mimic the stages of evolutionary development experienced by the species (its phylogeny). One piece of evidence supporting the theory: in early stages of development, a human embryo has a tail.

Shades of Green: the 1970s vs. the Millennial Generation

Posted on January 29,2015 by Ecovrn in 1970s

Recently a friend asked for help in designing an off-grid house. Interestingly, I pulled out the old books from the '70s to show as examples and inspiration. We tagged a combination of ideas: an earth berm house, a passive solar house, an attached greenhouse buffer space, a solar thermal system, and a stack effect heating/cooling system incorporating a heat sink (southern rock exposure) and a cool northern forest glen. It all seemed so — natural …

Passivhaus Practitioners Share Their Success Stories

Posted on January 29,2015 by user-756436 in Adam Cohen

A group of about 130 designers, builders, and Passivhaus fans gathered at U Mass Boston on October 27, 2012 to attend a one-day conference organized by Passive House New England. It's impossible for this report to be comprehensive, unfortunately, and I won't be able to do justice to all of the conference events. My report will focus on three speakers: Adam Cohen, Chris Corson, and Roger Normand.

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