The Dog & Wolf – Humble Beginnings (Part One)

June 30, 2015 AdminLH General

It all started with a dog and a wolf. Namely, my dog Rory. A big silly Shar Pei,  who needed to be walked everyday. He’d had many a dog walker and they all came early in the morning… So… Oh wait,  I better introduce myself first My name is Louisa Herridge, I’m 40 years of […]

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Initial solar thermal storage building design.

December 6, 2015 Michael Ideas & InspirationPlans & ThingsThe Build

Following is a description of one way a building may be constructed to collect energy from sunlight to provide the majority of heating for free.

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Interesting building design links

December 6, 2015 Michael Ideas & InspirationThe Build

Here are some examples with appealing thermodynamic properties.

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Preventing energy waste

December 6, 2015 Michael Ideas & InspirationThe Build

Several physical means are available within the constraints of current technology to mitigate or eliminate the main categories of energy waste. Space heating The energy driving the thermodynamic system of a building comes from sunlight, direct combustion of fuels, electricity and also the metabolic energy of the occupants. To use these energy inputs to greatest […]

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Energy inefficiency

December 6, 2015 Michael Ideas & InspirationThe Build

Of great help in the pursuit of positive outcomes for humans and the earth is the concept of energy efficiency. Those aspects of human life which suffer the greatest inefficiency can readily be seen as overlapping almost entirely with the most severe environmental impacts.

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Environmental impact

December 6, 2015 Michael GeneralIdeas & InspirationThe Build

Human life in the mainstream of industrial cultures involves a variety of things with well established and severe environmental impacts. For example; The fossil energy industry, including natural gas supply and electricity generation. Transporting people and goods in fossil fueled vehicles. Industrialized agriculture. Manufacturing. The building industry. The severity of environmental impact may be reduced […]

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Design goals

December 6, 2015 Michael Ideas & InspirationNewsThe Build

An expandable settlement with habitation, communal, agricultural and production areas. Minimum feasible negative impact on the ecosystem. Maximum feasible self sufficiency in energy, food, water and manufactured items. Maximum feasible accessibility for individuals with different skill sets and abilities. Integration with existing administrative and legal structures.

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Context ( or bad zoo = sad animals ).

December 6, 2015 Michael General

Many aspects of the artificial environments created by humans to live in are not optimal in the context of conditions to which humans and other forms of life are adapted.

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