Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jean Pain’s Compost Based Bio Energy System

Jean Pain – A french innovator who developed a compost based bio energy system that produced 100% of his energy needs. He heated water to 60 degrees celsius at a rate of 4 litres a minute which he used for … Continue reading

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Tools for Permaculture Site Design: Part 1

SunEarthTools offers many free resources for those interested in working with solar energy. Do you need to know the angle of the sun to efficiently design your passive solar home? Perhaps you need an economic analysis of photovoltaic systems? Following … Continue reading

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Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Biomimicry is a design process of examining and emulating natures systems in order to create sustainable solutions for the challenges we face today. Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by … Continue reading

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Gernot Minke “Building with Earth”

I mentioned Gernot Minke in my last post and decided to elaborate a bit more for those who do not know of him. He is a German architect who was a professor at the University of Kassel from 1974 until … Continue reading

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TIBA Institute in Brazil

TIBA (Intuitive Technology and Bio-Architecture) is a teaching institute built on an old coffee plantation located 150kms from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It was founded in 1987 by Rose and Johan van Lengen. Mr. Lengen is widely known as … Continue reading

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Raising the Roof

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Some say here in India that you can only get one or two things done per day. I found out recently that it is often true! Here at Avani there are 38 children who constantly want your attention, want you … Continue reading

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Building a Bamboo Hut

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We found out yesterday that the construction our dome project in India will be delayed another week or so. I was showing everyone how a reciprocal roof works with 5 small sticks and then stacked rocks on them to demonstrate … Continue reading

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Mud, Hands, a House (El Barro, Las Manos, La Casa)

I have yet to see any DVD on natural building that compares to “Mud, Hands, a House”. Jorge Belanko is a master of natural building from El Bolson, Argentina. This 2 hour documentary follows him through many construction sites where … Continue reading

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Recent Pictures from Kolhapur, India

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I wanted to share a few pictures from the past couple of days. We are preparing to begin construction of the domes around the 15th or so. Xavier is still waiting for his visa and is “stuck” in the French … Continue reading

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A Rocket Mass Heater Build

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Here are some photos of a rocket mass heater that I recently worked on. It is finished except for the bench which needs to be cobbed in. The book Rocket Mass Heaters by Ianto Evans is a must read if … Continue reading

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