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Super Shelter—Super Resource on Resilient Housing—and a Chance to Win!

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jan 19, 2015 10:27:48 AM

In the face of nature’s power forces, creating tough housing that can handle nature’s extremes makes sense. Green Builder Media has just launched a web site devoted to the art and science of building homes that can withstand virtually anything. 

Included are the documents, plans, articles and video guides to guide you through the process of putting up the strongest houses current technology allows. 

And we’ve gathered some of the most useful information into a handy new ebook, Super Shelter, that you can download for free.

In this book, you’ll find a wealth of information about resilient housing through case studies of eight unique homes that showcase nonconventional structural systems, demonstrating the strength, efficiency, and durability that will see them through whatever the next century holds. 

It includes detailed information on fire proofing, storm proofing, building for strength, providing energy in an emergency, and a host of products that you should consider if you are building a sustainable, durable green home. The book covers these building systems: 

  • aerated autoclaved concrete
  • ClayStraw
  • TimberFrame
  • modular
  • DoubleShell Building system 
  • log homes
  • rammed earth 

While new technologies and building practices take center stage in the book, we haven’t forgotten that houses are put up by people. Safe job sites, realistic schedules, and being part of the new vanguard of housing is important to you tradespeople. And the having the right equipment for the job is up there in importance as well. We partnered with boot manufacturer Keen to offer you a chance to win a pair of American-made durable work boots—perfect for keeping you “resilient” while the building gets done.

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Meet the Beaver of Mariposa Meadows

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Oct 1, 2014 2:48:13 PM

Like All Guerrilla Fighters, the Beaver is Most Effective at Night

As a building professional you know all projects have their detractors, their stumbling blocks, their screeching halts ... their beavers.

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Stephen King Was Right: Cell Phones Can Kill You... and Your Kids

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jun 24, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Dead Zones: Steven King's Fictional View of Cell Phones May Not Be As Hazardous As The Real Thing

WE'VE ALL BEEN THROUGHDEAD ZONES. Engrossed in a conversation on our cell phones, we bristle whenthe call drops. An annoyance to be sure, but it turns out these may not be dead zones after all, but rather the safest places for humans to be over the long run, according to recent reports on the dangers of wireless technologies.

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Green Building: Not a Niche

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

May 22, 2014 2:20:00 PM

At the 2014 Uponor Connections Convention, company leadership talked about green building trends and how they impact the industry as a whole. 

GREEN BUILDER EDITORS DROPPED INTO Uponor's two-day convention and were treated to a special session, just for journalists. This was not intended to push Uponor's products, but rather to illustrate the company's leadership in defining industry trends and taking a peak at issues that impact all builders today.

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What Makes Framing Green?

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Feb 5, 2014 5:37:00 PM

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