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  • Montana strawbale house for sale
    Montana chalet style home for sale perched on a magnificent bluff on Flathead Lake. Stairs built inside the natural rock crevice to 244 ft of frontage in your own cove - super unique! West facing with the panorama of the lake in front of you. Home is 2 bedroom/2 bath with loft in modern, clean […]
  • 2600 SF Offgrid Strawbale Home on 40 acres
    Montrose, Colorado Ouray County Colorado off the grid, 40 forested acre multi-building compound, 2600 sq ft straw bale one level home, 3 car garage, RV Barn/shop, two room concrete underground "root cellar", concrete building matrix for water production, battery farm, generator. ________________________________________ • Sustainable Home • Straw bale • Off the Grid Asking Price (USD) […]
  • Beautiful, Natural, Green Home with Spectacular Regional View!
    A sustainably built 3800 sq ft. timber frame/log home on six organically maintained acres with a 1200 sq ft barn w/ major remodel in 2012. Includes furnished mother in law "apartment" Other furnishings and many antiques negotiable. Naturally seasoned Western White Pine Logs, Douglas Fir Timbers, and T&G roof decking from North Idaho and NW […]

My lawn is dead. Because I care.

My lawn is totally dead.  Because I care.

One of a series of badges promoting water conservation by Katie McKissick

It’s summer.  Here in the drought plagued Southwest US, it’s a badge of honor to not water your lawn.  It’s even more of a badge of honor to replace it with xeriscape, create water-retaining structures like a berm-and-swale system, and recycle your greywater onto your landscape where possible.  That’s what I do.

For more of Katie McKissick’s work, see: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/2014/06/24/dont-be-a-water-jerk/

Spread the word about Straw Bale Construction to Romania

UPDATE: The Indiegogo campaign has ended, and we heard today that our new Romanian friends managed to raise €1,266 – not all that they’d hoped for, but hopefully enough to do a lot of what they’ve planned. I’ll update this post more as I hear news.

We recently got word of some people attempting to . . . → Read More: Spread the word about Straw Bale Construction to Romania

Los Angeles is first major city to require Cool Roofs

The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to require “cool roofs” for all new and refurbished homes, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. “Cool roofs” incorporate light- and heat-reflecting building materials, which can lower the surface temperature of the roof by up to 50 degrees F on a hot day, according . . . → Read More: Los Angeles is first major city to require Cool Roofs

Straw Bale Construction Building Code (2013 IRC Approval)

On October 3, 2013 the International Code Council (ICC) approved final action RB473-13 as a new Appendix R in the upcoming 2015 version of the International Residential Code (IRC). For details and a link to a copy of the appendix, visit TheLastStraw.org. A huge thanks to the hard-working bale heads that spent years making this happen! . . . → Read More: Straw Bale Construction Building Code (2013 IRC Approval)

Lighting section re-do

Our lighting section just got a major overhaul, courtesy of meticulous researcher Paul Robbins of the Austin Environmental Directory.

Paul sifted through a lot of material and presents a coherent and understandable overview of the differences between incandescent, fluorescent, CFL, and LED lights. He answers (with numbers to back it up) some of the common . . . → Read More: Lighting section re-do

The Solar Camel

I’ve been following posts from National Geographic journalist Paul Salopek as he walks the path of humans out of Africa, across Asia, over to Alaska, and down to Tierra Del Fuego – a journey that’s expected to take 7 years. So far it’s been a facinating read.

I got a kick out of one of . . . → Read More: The Solar Camel

Recycling at its finest

This one speaks for itself. The LandFillharmonic.

$3000 Scholarships available for Fall 2013 at Ecosa

Ecosa Institute will award several scholarships for the Fall 2013 term. These scholarships are funded by Ecosa donor Foster Stanback. Scholarships will range from $1500-$3000, bringing the total cost of tuition to as low as $3000 (currently $6000 before scholarship is applied).

Full details at http://ecosainstitute.org/blog/?p=2444

100% Tuition Assistance for Veterans Solar and Renewable Energy Career Training!

Do you know a Veteran or are you a Veteran yourself? Good news! Solar Energy International is offering 100% tuition assistance and career training in partnership with SEI’s Veterans and Active Duty Training Outreach Program and the Colorado Department of Labor.

In 2013, Solar Energy International’s (SEI) full certificate training program, the SEI Solar Professionals . . . → Read More: 100% Tuition Assistance for Veterans Solar and Renewable Energy Career Training!

Version 4 of the Green Building Professionals Directory is here!

We’re excited to announce that version 4 of our long running Green Building Professionals Directory is now live!

Right now we’re running a limited time promotion to get new listings in our Directory – you can list yourself/your company for a year for just $3.00 per category!

That’s right. THREE BUCKS.

We’ve added some great . . . → Read More: Version 4 of the Green Building Professionals Directory is here!

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