water shortage

LEED Can Help Fix the Water Problem

Posted on May 05,2015 by StuartKaplow in LEED

While news reports have recently focused on California Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order, in response to that state’s long-running drought, seeking to reduce overall water use by 25 percent, there may be more to be learned from how the small Town of Hampstead in Maryland responded to its own water crisis in 2008. Despite the fact that the U.S. uses less water than it did in 1980, availability of potable water is increasingly an issue. According to the EPA, at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages this year.

Earthship Hype and Earthship Reality

Posted on May 05,2015 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.

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