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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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.

August 02, 2006

Strawbale Home Designs


I am very pleased to introduce you to Touson Saryon, the newest designer associated with www.dreamgreenhomes.com . Touson found a passion for architecture during his youth in a small country town outside of Boston, MA. Through education at both Syracuse University School of Architecture and University of Massachussets Dept. of Landscape Architecture, he was able to develop a balanced design approach of both interior and exterior spaces. Learning was extended in a private 2 year internship with an ecological architect in Northern Califorina where he gained extensive knowledge of sustainable design principles and materials. During 8 years living in Crestone, CO, Touson designed and built a passive solar family home and grew his design practice. A few homes have been recently featured in The New Strawbale Book and The Small Strawbale. Touson now resides in Mount Shasta, CA with his wife and 2 children and continues to design in both Colorado and California.

Over a dozen of his home designs have been posted that feature thick strawbale (or adobe) walls and passive solar heating, from simple cabins, such as Cozy Strawbale, to more elaborate designs, such as Bale Courtyard. These are all non-load bearing structures with strawbale infill, making them easy to permit and flexible to phase the building process. With such a structure, it is possible to mix and match a variety of infill options depending on the availablility of materials, aesthetics, and function of the wall; thus adobe, cob, rammed earth, earthbags, cordwood, stone and other materials, as well as strawbales, could reasonablly be employed.

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