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Blueprint for a Tiny, Portable House

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 30, 2014 10:26:03 AM

This family has completed a small house that's affordable by almost any measure. The best part about their documentation of the project is their inclusion of a cost checklist, and a full size blueprint (below) of the layout. Their blog would be even more useful if they offered step by step journals of the project, but so far, that hasn't materialized on their blog. 

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Break the Cycle: ‘Natural Disaster, Rebuild, Repeat’

Posted by Gary Lawrence

Aug 30, 2014 9:30:00 AM

THE TRAGIC MUDSLIDE that occurred on March 22 in the small 180-person town of Oso, Washington, is the second weather-related disaster in the space of 16 months that has touched me personally.

Oso's Slide. Is this the future that awaits us if we continue to ignore nature's limits? Photo courtesy

In the early part of my career, I was Deputy County Executive of Snohomish County in Washington state, a county government hitherto unknown to anyone outside the immediate area, the commercial aviation industry, loggers, and recreational Steelhead fishermen.  It is the home of Boeing’s manufacturing facilities for the 767, 777 and 787.  The Stillaguamish River, now damned up behind the slide, was one of the world’s most pristine fisheries.  Oso, like too many small communities around the world, has now achieved global renown as the site of tragedy. Today, it takes its place in a media arc that wraps around the globe and reaches back over the decades — small communities suffering as nature does its thing.

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Spray-On Coating Turns Any Window into a Solar Panel

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 29, 2014 1:52:41 PM

IMAGINE AN ORGANIC SUBSTANCE that can be sprayed on to any window in a home--making the window behave like a photovoltaic panel, generating electricity. The technology is real, and according to its creators, it's ready for prime time.

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What is Radiant Floor Heating?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 29, 2014 1:10:00 PM

What is Radiant Floor Heating?

Radiant floor heating is a method of heating your home that circulates warm water underneath or within the floor. Comparable to warming yourself in the sun, this type of heating warms people and objects in contact with the floor, as opposed to raising the temperature of the air.

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Wildfire Protection and Yard Maintenance

Posted by Heather Wallace

Aug 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Redding Fire Department officials said a homeowner’s foresight prevented a home vegetation fire last week, from growing out of control and proving wildfire protection and preparedness is the best choice.

Crews quickly knocked down the fire that started after a eucalyptus branch knocked down power lines near the property, Battalion Chief Steve Reilly said. The fire burned a 50-foot swatch of dry grass on the property. Reilly said that the homeowner's efforts to keep dry grass cut around the home prevented the fire from spreading to the building.

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