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 28, 2006

Protection from Wild Animals

When I recieved the following email I felt tremendous gratitude for the role that the internet can play helping people around the world. I also felt that all of the work that I have put into developing www.greenhomebuilding.com has been worth the effort.

"I would like to congratulate you for your contribution to the world's various societies on this construction technology.

I am living in East Africa. Let me tell you something. The villagers of one remote area had difficulty in constructing concrete buildings because the sand in the area was too salty for Portland cement applications. Their houses made of mud and wood were unstable and they were frequently becoming prey to wild animals, i.e leopards and lions. Using information from your web site, I managed to construct a circular earthbag house roofed by corrugated iron sheets. This technology was appreciated and many villagers applied it for their houses and the problem of man eaters was solved.

I then thought that it will be good to return our thanks to you for saving the lives of many villagers. Although we do not have money to pay you back...but God will reward you.

Regards,
Amini Manga"

See greenhomebuilding.com/emergencyshelter.htm or greenhomebuilding.com/riceland.htm
for more information about simple earthbag shelters.

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