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Video: Eco Dome Housing
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMNzoWkXTtc
Anything that begins and ends with a quote from the poet Rumi is surely intended to inspire, and this short video by dastonkalili doesn’t disappoint! It will show you the construction process of an awesome “Eco-dome”.
The building method used (known as SuperAdobe) is incredibly simple and produces an organic looking structure that is very resistant to extreme weather – this isn’t surprising when we find out that the technology was first developed by Nader Khalili, former architect to NASA for lunar habitats (hence the Eco-dome’s alternative name of “Moon Cocoon”) – and it even complies with California building codes!
This has to be one of the best low impact building methods to date – there is no cement or structural timber required an almost the entire dome is made with earth! Cement or lime can be added for extra strength but are not necessary. The only other materials needed, apart from the doors and windows, are long bags made from woven polythene – this is the same material that is used for regular sandbags (which can also be used to build a house) and some barbed wire that helps to keep them together.
These Eco-domes have now been built in several countries and have recently been used in the rebuilding of villages in Darfur – you can read lots more about the project from one the workers, here: http://homesforsudan.blogspot.co.uk/
Materials that make up the majority of new buildings are a large contributor to environmental damage and energy use in the world so ideas like the Eco-dome can really make a big difference to the future of our planet. There is a massive difference in cost and the whole process can be completed in a week with a team of three to five people! Sandbags can be used to build a conventional style house too – there are some pictures here: http://sandbaghouse.com/Home.html (although you would be hard pressed to see any difference in the finished houses!).
What about insulation? I hear you ask. Well, during testing in Germany in 2009, a standard 30 cm sandbag wall was found to insulate at least five times better than the typical 15 cm post and beam brick wall that is found all over India, China and many other developing countries! In a colder climate or to meet the thermal insulation requirements of western building codes, extra insulation would be needed.
If you want to know more about any aspect of Eco-domes and their construction, design or materials, please visit the Cal-Earth website: http://calearth.org
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If you haven't heard of Claude Davis yet do yourself a huge favor and watch this video.
One of the smartest guys I ever had the pleasure of meeting, Claude set-up a unique prepping system that changed his life forever.
I already tried it myself and let me tell... you I was completely blown away... His surprising tactics could make your life easier and give you the peace of mind you deserve.
Don't just take my word for it... watch his short video and decide for yourself.
Most People Don't Have The Guts To Try This:
An amazing discovery in an abandoned house in Austin, Texas: A lost book of amazing survival knowledge, believed to have been long vanished to history, has been found in a dusty drawer in the house which belonged to a guy named Claude Davis.
Remember... back in those days, there was no electricity... no refrigerators... no law enforcement... and certainly no grocery store or supermarkets... Some of these exceptional skills are hundreds of years of old and they were learned the hard way by the early pioneers.
We've lost to history so much survival knowledge that we've become clueless compared to what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.
Neighbors said that for the last couple of years Claude has tried to unearth and learn the forgotten ways of our great-grandparents and claimed to have found a secret of gargantuan proportions. A secret that he is about to reveal together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness:
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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)
Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:
There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.
But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?
Watch the video to see what happens: