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With , a designer can get away with not having a traditional foundation; structures can be more fluid with respect to any existing landscape features, like mature trees or water.

Cross-laminated timber, or as it is known in the industry, is a form of mass timber that can replace concrete with wood in construction. These buildings are faster to construct, more energy efficient, and comprised completely from

CLTs are typically engineered as "large wooden panels, consisting of 3, 5, or 7 layers of dimensional lumber, oriented at right angles, glued together. The panels will average 8 feet tall and 38 feet long at 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ inch thickness." Using a crane, the panels are lifted into place and fitted by hand to the supporting timber frame.

Sources: archpaper.com/2018/05/atelierj

newenergyworks.com/get-to-know

A zero-waste restaurant in Indonesia "takes recycling to the extreme" ... from sea to seat, all components are naturally biodegradable or compostable. Smart!

Source: thespaces.com/zero-waste-resta

How much living space is really necessary? This modern design incorporates a living among native and mature trees, vertical design for space, and a small open kitchen area. Featured in architecture digest, it is AKA the "Bernier-Thibault-House" Source: archdaily.com/899106/bernier-t

If you haven't yet heard about earth-strike.com EarthStrike, today you do!

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From living-future.org/biophilic-de

"Biophilic Design is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities.

The International Living Future Institute has seen a demonstrated need among the Living Building Challenge community for Biophilic Design resources that can take the practice from theory to reality. While progress has been made to communicate what Biophilic Design is and to demonstrate why it is crucial to a Living Future, very little has been made around the process of how to achieve it. The International Living Future Institute has brought together leading experts in the field to form an Advisory Task Force that will lead the initiative through collaboration and inclusion of existing resources. This initiative aims to achieve the goal of broad adoption of Biophilic Design among the design community, building owners and cities."

2019
2018's excess of climate-change-related planetary disasters is a proliferation of data, proof points, evidence, and more that the US House of Representatives has to work with. Be brave; be strong.

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Sustainable vs Non-Sustainable:

It comes down to a question of renewable vs non-renewable. Only resources are sustainable; this is why there's no such thing as "clean coal". There never was. What the monsters in Republican governments (local, state, and federal) lie to you about is everything. Why do you elect liars to lead you? They gleefully destroy what the planet takes Billions of years to form. Their destruction spells your doom.

We [do not need to recreate the smog and pollution crisis of the 70's to know](motherjones.com/politics/2011/) that renewable resource energy is the better way to plan for future energy needs. Stop drilling in Alaska; stop everything the TRE45ONists are doing.

iea.org/renewables2018/

Algae eats CO2 as it is converted to Biofuel

Algae is a highly-effective alternative energy that does not require the seismic activity of drilling or fracking. In fact, it can actually remove excess CO2 from an environment, as CO2 is the "food" it needs to accelerate production of fuel.

In 2014, engineers at the Department of Energy‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory "[devised] a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour. That oil can then be refined into gasoline that can run engines."

Algae converts CO2 into triacylglycerol and can break down into a sludgy form of organic crude material (biomass), that can then be further broken down, chemically converted into ethanol and biofuel.

"Well, it is a basically simple process that uses temperature, pressure, and time to accomplish the chemical conversions ... A lot of people think of fossil fuels as, you know, dinosaurs and giant ferns and things. There is some of that, but the bulk of the organic matter was algae. Gradually the organic matter converts into slightly different forms, which make up the material that comes out as crude oil or natural gas.”

Source: science.dodlive.mil/2014/01/01

How some Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction

"“Well never see bison roaming the entire Great Plains again,” said Proctor. “We’ll never see 20 million to 30 million bison again. No one is trying to go back in time. We’re trying to go forward. We’re trying to restore this important animal where we can, where people want them, and to the level where they will help restore the natural balance.”

For any of this to happen, Native American tribes will be key. They have the land and the desire to bring back the continent’s largest land mammal. And it’s not just bison, Proctor said. They have been instrumental in conserving wolves, grizzly bears, swift foxes and black-footed ferrets among other species.

Magnan said Fort Peck’s “dream” is to have 2,500 buffalo in their conservation herd running on more than 40,000 hectares. Already the tribe has passed a resolution to purchase more land.

“It’s amazing … with limited budgets and widespread poverty, [Native American tribes] are the leader in wildlife restoration when compared to the state wildlife agency,” he said. “In reality, it was not the buffalo that left us, it was us that left the buffalo. So we have to do something.”

theguardian.com/environment/20

Warnings regarding the polar bears were issued; proof proof proof. All the proofs point to true. motherjones.com/environment/20

Eleven researchers publish sharp critique of EPA fuel economy logic
EPA made incorrect assumptions in 2016 and 2018; most recent are more damaging.

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

The Hidden Power Law of Ecosystems

"Frustrated by the small scale of many ecological studies, macroecologists were looking for patterns and theories that could allow them to describe nature broadly in time and space.

Brown and Maurer had been influenced heavily by regularities in many ecological phenomena. One of these, called the species-area curve, was discovered back in the 19th century, and formalized in 1921. That curve emerged when naturalists counted the number of species (of plants, insects, mammals, and so on) found in plots laid out in backyards, savannahs, and forests. They discovered that the number of species increased with the area of the plot, as expected. But as the plot size kept increasing, the rate of increase in the number of species began to plateau. Even more remarkable, the same basic species-area curve was found regardless of the species or habitat. To put it mathematically, the curve followed a power law, in which the change in species number increased proportionally to the square root of the square root of the area."

Source: nautil.us/issue/29/scaling/the

Q; Which foods have the heaviest carbon footprint? A: The ones that use the most energy to produce the least benefit.

Did you know that cattle are not even native to the US? Cattle should not be farmed! Source: cbc.ca/news/technology/food-cl

"The results reveal that Amazon is being destroyed at the fastest rate in a decade. Satellite data revealed that over 3000 swore miles of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest was lost between August 2017 and July 2018. The amount of rainforest is 10 times the size of New York City.
The total amount of loss equates to a 13.7 percent growth in total deforestation from the previous year and represents roughly 1.185 billion trees, a horrific number." tiredearth.com/node/553

How to sell FSBO and learn about title transfer; keep the corrupt parties away!

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