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« Topic Start: May 07, 2007, 10:27:35 pm »

My daughter is doing a project on green buildings.  I know there are a couple people here on TC who are really into eco-friendly design (I've seen very cool pictures someone posted!), and I'm hoping you can suggest links to resouces.  She's planning to "design" a community center.

Anyone have any links that might help?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1: May 08, 2007, 02:16:08 pm »

My daughter is doing a project on green buildings.  I know there are a couple people here on TC who are really into eco-friendly design (I've seen very cool pictures someone posted!), and I'm hoping you can suggest links to resouces.  She's planning to "design" a community center.

Anyone have any links that might help?

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http://www.greenconcepts.com/

This is the only one that I remembered.

Hope it helps!

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« Reply #2: May 08, 2007, 02:20:05 pm »

http://www.greenconcepts.com/

This is the only one that I remembered.

Hope it helps!

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Thanks!
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« Reply #3: May 08, 2007, 02:23:31 pm »

My daughter is doing a project on green buildings.  I know there are a couple people here on TC who are really into eco-friendly design (I've seen very cool pictures someone posted!), and I'm hoping you can suggest links to resouces.  She's planning to "design" a community center.

Anyone have any links that might help?

Thanks!

Oops. I forgot one more link.

http://www.care2.com/

This is a site that's all about... green, anything. I'm sure there's a page or ten about green building somewhere.

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« Reply #4: May 08, 2007, 02:25:08 pm »

Oops. I forgot one more link.

http://www.care2.com/

This is a site that's all about... green, anything. I'm sure there's a page or ten about green building somewhere.

Shadowcat

I should have thought of this one myself.   Embarrassed
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« Reply #5: May 08, 2007, 03:00:25 pm »

I should have thought of this one myself.   Embarrassed

Don't feel sad. I didn't think of it, either, until I went to check my email on that site. D'oh.

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« Reply #6: May 08, 2007, 03:26:12 pm »

My daughter is doing a project on green buildings.  I know there are a couple people here on TC who are really into eco-friendly design (I've seen very cool pictures someone posted!), and I'm hoping you can suggest links to resouces.  She's planning to "design" a community center.

Anyone have any links that might help?

Thanks!

How green do you want?  Most of the greenest buildings aren't...er...entirely mass-market friendly.  If you're looking for commercially-viable "green" (which at best means manufactured components made from greener materials) I can't help much.  If you're looking for info on truly green construction (tiny houses built from hyper-local materials mostly by hand), I'm your gal.  Wink

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« Reply #7: May 08, 2007, 03:33:11 pm »

How green do you want?  Most of the greenest buildings aren't...er...entirely mass-market friendly.  If you're looking for commercially-viable "green" (which at best means manufactured components made from greener materials) I can't help much.  If you're looking for info on truly green construction (tiny houses built from hyper-local materials mostly by hand), I'm your gal.  Wink

Brina

This is for a school project, so VERY green.

(And I *thought* it was you, Brina!  Cheesy  )
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« Reply #8: May 08, 2007, 04:14:17 pm »

This is for a school project, so VERY green.

Because she wants to design a community center, the Solar Living Center in northern California immediately lept to mind:

http://www.solarliving.org/display.asp?catid=50

This place has a lot of what people value in a community center.  Large meeting spaces (indoor and outdoor) and community gardens.  Its construction is mostly strawbale, with some solar mass storage (I'm guessing concrete, but the same thing could be achieved using cob).  It also has lots of interactive details for kids and kids-at-heart.  Overall, an excellent example of community space created for its use and climate, while managing a relatively low environmental impact.  Having been there in 95 degree weather, I can tell you they do an excellent job of cooling the place with a mix of evaporation and sunblocks.  I can't speak for its comfort in the winter, though.

If she's looking for a fun, easy building medium (I assume she'll be making a model?), have her try paper cob--a mix of sand, clay, and soaked paper.  Easy to build with and resists cracking.  I wish I'd used it when I built my little cob house model (you can see the cracks from too little sand/not enough fiber):

http://home.wavecable.com/~yewberry/model/

Does she want specific info on the process of building with various green materials?  I'd be happy to direct her to a few websites, if so.

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« Reply #9: May 08, 2007, 05:34:15 pm »

Does she want specific info on the process of building with various green materials?  I'd be happy to direct her to a few websites, if so.

Yes, please.

And thanks for the other links.
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« Reply #10: May 08, 2007, 06:43:14 pm »


We'll start with my pet building method...

Cob:

Becky Bee's informative online book:

http://weblife.org/cob/

Tony Wrench's ongoing saga of building and living in his cob/cordwood hybrid home in Wales:

http://thatroundhouse.info/

Straw Bale:

A good, basic overview of straw bale construction from Mother Earth News:

www.motherearthnews.com

A nice building diary with lots of pictures:

http://www.williamcampbellmusic.com/Homestead.html

Cordwood Masonry:

Alan Stankevitz's informative journal.  He's a very nice guy if you'd like to email him directly with questions:

http://www.daycreek.com/
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That should get her started.  If you have any specific questions, please lemme know.  Smiley

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« Reply #11: May 08, 2007, 07:39:39 pm »

That should get her started.  If you have any specific questions, please lemme know.  Smiley

Brina

Thanks so much, Brina.  This is really helpful.

(I'm SO glad school is almost over for the year...!)
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« Reply #12: May 09, 2007, 02:02:22 pm »

My daughter is doing a project on green buildings.  I know there are a couple people here on TC who are really into eco-friendly design (I've seen very cool pictures someone posted!), and I'm hoping you can suggest links to resouces.  She's planning to "design" a community center.

Anyone have any links that might help?

Thanks!

I was directed to these web sites from a news article I read last week. They are more about single family dwelllings but some of the info might be useful to your daughter. The first page called "The Ramsay House Project" has links within links within links so I can't remember how I got to some of the articles but there is discussion about parking, zero toxicity paints, recycled wall materials, solar powered hot water heating and other useful stuff. There might be some useful links under "Green Resources" at the top of the page in the orange banner.
http://www.ramsayhome.com/green-building-standards/

I was going to delete this next link. It has some interesting articles and photographs but I don't think it's what you are looking for.This page by a Calgary Architect is about "Slow Homes"  http://theslowhome.com/blog/getinformed/.  Not really "green" but his Starter Castle design is kind of interesting. He is more of an advocate of responsible community planning for residents and enviroment.
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« Reply #13: May 09, 2007, 03:58:18 pm »

I was directed to these web sites from a news article I read last week.

Thanks.  I've passed them on to her.
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Anyone have any links that might help?

Thanks!

I know it's a bit late, but http://www.oberlin.edu/ajlc/ajlcHome.html
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