Solar and Green Building Must Proceed & Create New Billionaires
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Wow … how much does that house ‘give back’?
It giving back electrical energy, heat (stored in the thermal mass), precious water that so often goes into the drainage system, or must be treated off-site at considerable expense.
The house is designed to provide food, even during the winter months … it seems as much as you need, and there’s increasing research into the unseen therapeutic benefits of building with natural materials (earthen structure) and natural ventilation.
This is just one form of green building technology making use of solar and wind energy to provide freedom to it’s inhabitants and freedom from pollution of its environment.
In a recent environmental housing design competition the architects came under criticism for focusing on the design of separate homes, although energy efficient, that still require unsustainable land development and infrastructure to support them.
In1967 Buckminster Fuller was the chief architect for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and his company designed a triangular, tetrahedronal shaped floating city (like a three sided pyramid) that would provide a very high standard of living to a population of one million inhabitants and could be built in stages od 1,000 inhabitants and grow as required.
The tetrahedronal housing system provided 300,000 terraced apartments, each of * 2,000 sq ft area with an additional 1,000 sq ft of garden. The ‘city’ generated it’s own energy and water and provided a safe harbor in it’s hollow interior. The apartment structure could be moored in the ocean or in a harbour adjacent to the business center negating unnecessary transport and pollution. It was a design solution, however changes in gobvernment policy aborted the project.
Another of Buckminster Fuller’s designs was to build a 2 mile diameter, and one mile high (at the center) dome covering midtown Manhattan, 64th Street to 22nd St and from river to river.The base of the dome would be just above the tallest building, and when heated to only one degree above the outside temperature it literally floats like a hot air ballon from its cable supports.
Individual buildings in a city act the same as the fins on an air cooled engine.
Because of the incredibly high energy efficiency of the dome shape, it would reduce the energy requirements in the buildings it covered to almost nothing. It needed a lot less energy to heat or cool the entire dome than to heat the individual buildings, or cool them. The dome would also collect and send to storage all rain and melted snow and according to Bucky just the savings to the city in snow removals would have paid for the dome in just ten years.
Some years ago we entered the “design revolution” that Buckminster Fuller forecast would happen. However we are also going through our most difficult transition, of transcending or moving from the Industrial Age to what Bucky referred to as the Age of Cybernetics (of understanding what systems do, or can do, and how best we can steer our evolution in synergy with these systems).
It is the most difficult transition according to Bucky because … “it has to be done consciously, whereas our previous transformations through which mankind has passed have been completed inadvertently.” R Buckminster Fuller p252 “Buckminster Fuller At Home In The Universe” by Alden Hatch.
A conscious transformation …
What the heck does that look like?
Well I suppose it requires getting real, letting go of the BS, I mean everyone knows what causes pollution, how you can conserve energy and water, whether you could actually walk to your friends place or to the shop or grab the bus rather than drive.
I suggest you also know that being lazy and eating take away everyday, or drinking, smoking to excess weakens your bodily system and lessens your enjoyment of life.
His immediate response was “I don’t think my IT business is very healthy”.
My wife heard his comment and she immediately said, “You work from home for a start, that’s saving energy and you’re able to be home for your three kids when they get home from school. That’s a healthy lifestyle you have there.” He then mentioned his VW Golf is a deisel and gets over 40mpg.
He started to get present to the values and processes that are important to him and his life. He started to consciously consider what he’s doing. I believe that’s something to do with cybernetics or what it’s about.
You know what respect of another human being is. We all know and sometimes are not present to it. I’m coaching an indigenous man who says he will become an elder in his community, yet he knows that he isn’t even looking after himself yet. He has never lived in his own culture and even today, he feels shunned by people in the community because he’s not working yet.
I’m coaching him in nutrition and managing his weight. Over 60% of his indigenous community suffer from overweight, diabetes and heart disease. I’m teaching his to cook. He’s a man in his 40s and has never had to cook.
With our house, that we currently rent, we have made substantial improvements to minimize our carbon footprint, we:
- Put reflective silver foil on windows that face the evening sun, so less heat enters the house or garage.
- We boil the kettle once in the morning and fill a large thermos so that ‘boiling water’ is available for the rest of day for tea and coffee.
- We use a water filter
- We use nutrition and supplements to enhance our immune system. My wife is a primary school teacher and has not had one sick day yet.
- We eat healthy and grow some of our own food organically.
- We share excess produce from the garden with neighbours and friends
- We recycle all our grey water
- We recycle plastics, paper and glass
- My wife ride a pushbike 2 kms to work, and we walk regularly even to get some shopping.
- I work from home in the wellness industry
- We switch our computer screens off at night
- We installed low wattage globes, although we have a concern about the manufacture of them.
What do you currently do provide a system that works where you live?
Do you agree that we must go full steam ahead with industries that ‘MAKE SENSE’, rather than continue down the unconscious path of pursueing business for the sake of making money?