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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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What, How...and Where

Posted by Ron Jones

Apr 10, 2014 1:19:00 PM

Chalk it up to luck, I suppose, but a few weeks back we missed the only real snowstorm to hit our corner of the world this winter because we were traveling elsewhere on business. We received email reports from folks in the neighborhood that our hilly country lane was totally impassible due to ice and wet, deep snow plus plenty of downed trees, and their daily updates indicated that the situation remained unchanged for almost a week.

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VIDEO: Gutters and Rainwater Systems

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 28, 2014 9:23:00 AM

THIS VIDEO BY THE LSU AG CENTER DISCUSSES WAYS TO SAVE WATER while designing disaster mitigation into home construction. Combining rainwater harvesting with a household water treatment system you can reduce water costs. By considering local hazards when installing these systems, future disaster repair costs can be reduced or even eliminated while also potentially saving money on insurance.

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Green Homes Need to be Safe Homes

Posted by Michael Strong

Nov 11, 2010 10:52:00 AM

I JUST READ THE FOLLOWING STORY to the listeners of our radio program this past Saturday and I thought you would enjoy reading it yourself. It comes from Page Ivery, an Associated Press Writer reporting from Richburg, S.C.-

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Durability Help is Here in a FLASH!

Posted by Michael Strong

Sep 2, 2010 11:03:00 AM

I AM SITTING HERE AT MY COMPUTER IN SOUTEAST TEXAS during the heart of hurricane season. As some of you know from my past blogs I’ve lived through 7.6 earthquakes and wildfires in Southern California, 4’ of flood water in my home in Cypress Texas, been chased into basements during tornado warnings and chased out of town by hurricanes & tsunamis more times than I can count.

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