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[Cob] building sustainablyhoward at earthandstraw.com howard at earthandstraw.com
Thu Oct 1 07:57:12 PDT 2009
I think that the method of extraction and quantities of those materials also must be factored in before one can say anything is sustainable. Howard Switzer, Architect 668 Hurricane Creek Road Linden, TN 37096 931-589-6513 www.earthandstraw.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Damon Howell To: coblist at deatech.com Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 3:01 PM Subject: [Cob] building sustainably The word sustainable means using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. By definition all building techniques are sustainable because it is unlikely we would ever use all of any particular resource. There's always new trees, steel, sand, and rock being made, but turning those raw materials into a bedroom requires hard work and is usually very wasteful. It makes sense to use a round log. Is it actually easier to use a square board when you factor in how much effort it takes to make it square? Build smaller, longer-lasting buildings from locally harvested materials with as few tools as possible so they have less embodied energy, that's the answer. If the economy doesn't turn around people may do just that instead of building 3,000 sqft. gaud (they're not homes). Really, who's to stop them when there are so many people doing it? _______________________________________________ Coblist mailing list Coblist at deatech.com http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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