Green Housing - Self Build

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Post: #37127 caithnesscrofter
Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:16 pm

Was quite surprised to see that there is no category for green self-building? or am I missing it somewheres?

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Post: #37151 Boots
Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:49 pm

Oooh OOOH.. Yes! Yes!

There are a few folks lurking about here and that would be a great lil spot to hang out in!!!!


Puh....lease Andy, puh..lease say Yes!
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Post: #37160 Andy Hamilton
Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:28 pm

The ever growing forum :lol: any objections please speak now.
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Post: #37168 Shirley
Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:55 pm

Sounds good to me !!!!

We've got one on the Neeps forum too :mrgreen:
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Post: #38693 Boots
Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:37 pm

Did you just put this up? I remember looking for it after your post, but have only just found it.

Thanks heaps, will mosey off and get a few topics happening...

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Post: #38720 Muddypause
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:50 pm

I kept meaning to add a comment to this thread, but forgot all about it.

Just to say that while green building, in all its forms is A Jolly Good Thing, and pretty interesting to boot, I'm thinking that a selfsufficient-ish view of self-building might have a broader scope than just what is considered 'green'. So I'm just a little concerned that the title of the section is a bit limiting.

I reckon that there is a legitimate place for bricks and mortar, even concrete and plastic in self building. And there are techniques and products, like papercrete, SIPs panels, and polystyrene foam forms for poured concrete, and probably many other things too, which are not, in the purest sense, green. But they are ways that make building an SS-ish home accessible to ordinary, unskilled people.

Just my thoughts - not trying to start an argument.
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Post: #38723 Shirley
Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:48 pm

It's a good point Muddy...

Maybe it should be SSISH building.. which would cover all of it.
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Post: #38737 Boots
Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:50 am

Doesn't worry me one bit. Am just glad to be able to talk about construction in all its interesting forms.

You are right though Muddy, I still had to buy lots of little bits to make my building happen - and they were always surprisingly expensive! While I would have been happy to recycle old hinges for windows etc. A lot of things just don't stand the test of time and need to be replaced, or can't be found etc. Rubber and plastic drip lines for windows, door jams that needed a certain width I just couldn't find or would have waited yonks to find... that kind of thing.

Having said that, I think folks would be hard pressed saying the building isn't green, but good on them if they want to argue it. :mrgreen:
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