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…
“Imagine a world where almost all the products we use are manufactured locally using sustainable practices. We work with people throughout the world to achieve this.”
With links to Open Source Ecology, Open Tech Forever sets out with the ambition to never patent, copyright or otherwise prevent the sharing of ideas and designs created by them (and their wider community). On the ground, they are renovating a 1960’s barn on 40 acres in Colorado into their first “Open Source Microfactory” and ran a modestly successful Indiegogo campaign to help with the funds.
The next major project is an open challenge, inviting entries to design a ‘Forever Home’ out of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB), that the team will then go on to build on the site in Colorado. It needs to be built to Living Building Standards 2.1, which as a set of guidelines is worth a look in itself. The use of CEB’s ties in to the open source design of the CEB Press (brilliantly nicknamed The Liberator) which you can see and even attempt to build for yourself here.
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What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing.