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.

May 21, 2009

Radio Interview with Kelly Hart

In May of 2009, I was interviewed for nearly an hour by Veronica Entwistle for her “Paradigm Shifters” Radio Program, at www.bbsradio.com. Veronica and the station have been kind enough to allow you the opportunity of listening to some or all of this interview directly. Either the entire program, or specific aspects of sustainable architecture and natural building can be heard as individual segments. You can listen to all of this from this page. The topics covered in the interview include:

natural building
sustainable architecture
strawbale building
earthbag building
Earthships
passive solar heating
cost of natural building
papercrete
education
vernacular architecture
recycling building materials
underground building

4 Comments:

Anonymous Isaac Curtiss said...

Great Interview. I learned much about natural home building options in this informative piece. Perhaps municipalities would more readily accept earthsack/bag building if their were more engineering tests or metrics and standards developed which could speak to the safety of this technique- from an industry standard point of view. Thanks for making such a well researched and informative site.
-Isaac
http://www.builditgreenconcepts.com

9:15 PM  
Blogger Kelly Hart said...

There have been some tests done with earthbag technology, and you can find these described at http://earthbagbuilding.com/testing.htm Obviously there is much more that needs to be done before the concept will be widely accepted.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

I think it is fantastic how we are using renewable energy and going green in so many ways. I think we also need to do things like reducing our energy usage, like installing geothermal heat pumps to replace high energy heating and cooling systems.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I think it’s wonderful that there is so much interest in renewable energy like solar panels and such. This is a wonderful thing and I think we should all do our part to advance the “Green”. I think it’s really interesting that here the feds are providing so much capital to Green initiatives, leaving the states and local municipalities scrambling to change their laws and guidelines to be able to accept those funds and actually use them. The big issue previously was that so many of them had various laws, ordinances and other legislation of sorts that prevented or discouraged widespread use of solar panels and such. Now they are being forced to change their ways.

I think companies like “Advancing the Green” which sells Solar panels at HUGE discounts will do exceptionally well in a climate like this.

5:07 PM  

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