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 Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

Earth Day

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Darren Doherty’s online portfolio of design, plans and templates since 1993.

Darren Doherty’s website

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Affordable Earthquake Resistant Homes Made From Straw

Affordable Earthquake Resistant Homes Made From Straw

Andrew Michler writes…

“…The prestressed bails are set on a stone foundation and support a truss roof. Bamboo and netting help secure the walls. The bails act as both the supporting wall and insulation. A couple coats of clay plaster protect and help preserve the straw. The 25 ft by 25 ft buildings cost a mere $2250 for materials — what many of us are willing to pay for countertops. Currently they have finished 11 buildings that are energy-efficient, safe, and very low impact…”

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Cooling the datacenter

Cooling the datacenter

“Tourists visiting Newcastle upon Tyne are more likely to pack a warm wool sweater than a beach blanket. In northern England, swimsuit season brings summer rains and chilly temperatures. Yet according to the Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard, you won’t find a better spot for a data center.

“The cool location is very attractive. We will probably only run the auxiliary cooling devices three days a year,” says Ed Kettler, a fellow at Hewlett-Packard (HP).

In February the company opened a facility that pulls sea air through seven-foot intake fans. The first story of the building is used to channel air. “We built a second story for the data center, and put intake fans on the first level,” says Kettler. “We basically have a twelve-foot raised floor.”…

…”This is why a handful of high tech companies are going retro, and revamping historic building designs that pre-date punch cards and magnetic strips (not to mention blade servers). The designs borrow from old bungalows, Northern California communes, and even Pre Columbian pueblos and ancient Roman villages. In the spirit of permaculture—a design philosophy that uses wind and sunlight for free cooling and light—electricity use is on the decline.”

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Permaculture Principles Teaching Kit

Permaculture Principles Teaching Kit

permacultureprinciples writes…

“The long awaited 2nd edition of the Teaching Kit is now available. The new kit includes an updated 28 page booklet, an extended principles DVD along with the teaching cards and fridge magnet sets. The Teachers’ DVD is packed additional presentations, articles and graphical resources relevant to understanding and teaching permaculture ethics and principles. A special offer is available for owners of the first edition…”

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If you are ever buying permaculture books online, go to this great website.

Note: “Book Depository” actually has FREE shipping anywhere in the world!

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