The long version is after the jump! Read on…
The CVBT was founded in one of the poorest areas of Thailand: “Since 1991, the CVBT has been using, researching, developing and promoting small-scale building material manufacturing technologies as a means to create new employment for villagers.”
Some of the technologies include compressed earth bricks (CEB), cement that incorporates readily available waste materials such as rice husk ash and a variety of presses for making tiles and paving blocks. Read on…
Want to see it in action or try cooking something in it? Join us at Saffron Acres for a relatively low key Halloween-Harvest type fun day on Saturday the 18th of October from about 12 noon onwards. More details about the event at the end of the post, however, let’s finish the building first…
Methane, portable houses and pixies. It’s Loose Ends time.
If you’d like to hear about Sustainable Leicester (who amongst various other things are working with the council around the future of the old Eco-House in Western Park) then this is the event for you! Flyer below:
Maybe your group is interesting in joining the consortium? Maybe you just want to meet other lovely practically-minded local activist type people? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Hope to see you there!
Is demolition the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? We already know that construction can be pretty energy consuming and wasteful, is there any reason to think demolition is any better?
Anything in that picture that you think might be worth saving? Read on to find out how a well planned demolition can prevent things going to waste, and provide a source of materials for something new.
Here’s a fun fact: There are more ‘people-living-in-caves’ today, (maybe 40 million) than there were in ‘caveman times’ (say, 1 million in 70,000 BC)
So what is “Yaodong”? It translates to ‘house-cave’, and many residents are pretty happy with these earth-insulated, often off-grid dwellings. Read more here (LA Times) and here (Travel China Guide). A very quick weekend post here from LESSBIG! See you again soon.