Atlanta area rainharvesting microbrewer can’t use rain

In an unfortunately too common incident of bureaucratic lack of common sense, an Atlanta area microbrewer 5 Seasons had to switch back to city water after officials couldn’t find any regulations on rainwater use in their books and concluded it must therefore be illegal.

According to our source the brewery “could have dug a . . . → Read More: Atlanta area rainharvesting microbrewer can’t use rain

Resource listings now available on Calendar

It’s now possible to add your company in the Resource listings in the right hand column of the Sustainable Building Calendar! Now that it’s available as an RSS Feed (allowing other sites to automatically display the next 20 events on their own web pages) the Calendar is quickly becoming even more popular than it was . . . → Read More: Resource listings now available on Calendar

Houses Made Of Hemp Could Help Combat Climate Change

ScienceDaily (Sep. 17, 2008) ˜ Houses made of hemp, timber or straw could help combat climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of building construction, according to researchers at the University of Bath.


Dick Peterson joins for Rainwater Q&A

We’re happy to report that Dick Peterson, a 15+ year veteran of Austin Green Building who spent a fair bit of that time advocating, educating, and advancing rainwater harvesting in Central Texas has agreed to join us in the Harvested Rainwater section.

Dick will be keeping that section up to date and is available . . . → Read More: Dick Peterson joins for Rainwater Q&A

Bale Raising Sept 12

Sustainable Sources founder Bill Christensen will be leading a straw bale wall raising in conjuction with on September 12th outside of Wimberley, TX (about 50 min SW of Austin). Hope to see you there!

(Originally scheduled for Aug 22)

Full and registration at

Neighbors and Fruit Trees

Not exactly green building, but sustainable none the less…

As long time proponents of edible agriculture and local foods, we were delighted to find the article Neighbors and Fruit Trees by Jim Hightower. The the websites referenced,,,, and all look useful, though the latter two are probably the ones I’m most . . . → Read More: Neighbors and Fruit Trees

Social Bookmarks added

We just added links at the bottom of each page to a dozen social bookmarks: digg reddit newsvine stumbleupon google bloglines ask live-msn facebook myspace twitter

Did we leave your favorite out? Let us know!

Sustainable Building Coalition (circa 1994)

by Jeanine Sih

[Editor’s notes: The Sustainable Building Coaltion evolved into Design~Build~Live and is still going strong. Lucia Athens spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest, wrote a book, and as of June 2010 is Austin’s Chief Sustainability Officer. ]

The Sustainable Building Coalition is a collection of about 200 people who share . . . → Read More: Sustainable Building Coalition (circa 1994)

Austin’s Green Builder Program (circa 1994)

This article first appeared in the Austin Chronicle‘s April 1994 “Green” issue.

City Program Leads National Focus on Green Building

by Jeanine Sih

The Environmental and Conservation Services Department is located in a building at 9th and Brazos Streets, and in its reception area on the 17th floor there is a full size mock-up of . . . → Read More: Austin’s Green Builder Program (circa 1994)

Search now works – and on Calendar events too!

Quick note to say that the sitewide search is now working, and searches include calendar events as well. Have fun!