Here is link to the Cascadia report on Eco-Sense. One year Research Project funded by a grant from Vancity and the Real Estate Foundation. Gord and Ann have over 425 hours into this…250 of which was volunteer…we missed our summer.
Affordable, Sustainable Homes: Eco-Sense and the Future of Green Building (Written for the public.)
Also a link to the Technical Report which served as the basis for the Cascadia report. Written by Gord Baird, Christina Goodvin of Goodvin Desgins, and Ann Baird. Lots of graphs, tables, and building science analysis for the earthen walls in four seasons (temperature, humidity, dew point), full technical analysis of sustainable energy systems (solar PV, Solar Thermal, wood gassification), full policy report, full water analysis (grey water, rain water harvesting, composting toilets, water balance tables, and more).
See research page on blog for all the individual reports (water, solar PV, building code, wall performance, and energy comparison reports)
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Tagged composting toilet, energy, energy efficiency, grey water, grid tie, humanure, living building, living roof, net zero water, rain water harvesting, resource recovery, solar PV, solar thermal, sustainable building, water conservation, wood gassification
Check out page 15 of this “BC Organic Grower, Winter 2010.” Seems that the compost tested at UBC was just fine for use in organic growing but was a bit lacking in N and P. Our compost would be better as the style of composting collects and retains the N and we also add all the kitchen scraps which includes a few bones (adds P).
Read More Use of Humanure on the Organic Farm
Conversation on conservation
When you think of the things in our culture that are TABOO what comes to mind. Cannibalism? Incest? How about conservation? Or to put it bluntly; the transition away from a capitalist growth economy.
This is a taboo subject in the mainstream media and we simply need to go there. It is encouraging for us that there are small pockets of people starting to talk about transitioning to a sustainable carbon free lifestyle and what this look likes. It looks wonderful; and we would argue that this new life is what most of us dream about down deep in our core values.
The common misconception suggests that this fossil fuel free future means going backwards to a day without toilet paper, without joy, and endless grueling labour. This profound misconception is not only wrong but could actually create the future we fear.
Read More Jan 2010 Conversation on Conservation