Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website www.greenhomebuilding.com, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Location: Crestone, Colorado, United States

Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built and consults about sustainable building design.

November 01, 2005

Emergency Shelter Design


At the request of some NGO's assisting in the housing relief effort in the wake of the recent earthquake in Pakistan, Owen Geiger and I have collaborated on a simple earthbag emergency shelter concept that could be built with minimal tools and supplies. This design is flexible in size so it could accommodate large families or just individuals. Wood debris from collapsed buildings could be used for roof beams. All that is really needed are some earthbags and plastic sheeting or tarps. With additional barbed wire, steel rebar, cement, doors, windows, and a wood stove, this design could become permanent housing. For more details go to http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/emergencyshelter.htm .