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, 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.

July 31, 2010

Eco Yoga Villages in South America

These graceful domes are part of a group of South American spiritual/ecological/yoga villages built in many different countries. This particular one is from Peru and is called an Eco Truly Village. I believe that they are made with stabilized adobe. You can see many more photos from throughout South America at their website.

July 25, 2010

Building with Grain Bins!

I have become acquainted with some of the clever home and cabin designs of architect Mark Clipsham. He has been using steel grain bins to create monolithic buildings that resemble giant Structual Insulated Panels. Because grain bins are available in wide variety of sizes, it is possible to nest two of them together and then add insulation to the space between them.Since the components are basically "off the shelf," and can be incorporated into a variety of configurations, the cost of construction can be very economical. Mark claims that his designs can often be built for $50/sq. ft. or less!

These structures are self-supporting, self-framing, highly insulated, maintenance free, disaster resistant, and recyclable. The same system can be used to make movable sound isolating interior partitions and exterior insulated, security panels, as well as go below grade for basements and frost foundations. This system can be used for anything from walk-in coolers to high-end resort hotels.

Mark Clipsham earned an architecture degree from Kansas Sate University in 1985 and has been designing and building ever since. He is constantly on the lookout for sustainable ways of doing things. We have posted several of his imaginative plans at, including Grain Bin Cabin, Lake House, and Tri-Arm.