See Sustainable Living Trends and Learn Ecological Jargon

See Sustainable Living Trends and Learn Ecological Jargon

You can include the following ecological jargon and terms in your green conversation as you watch these videos about very exciting, sensational sustainable living systems, which demonstrate:

If you missed the public tours of the sustainable-living home on March 20 and 27, 2011, you can view the virtual tour of sustainable-living West House here:

The next three videos will show you:

  1. how to have limitless natural resources to build your own sustainable living home system,
  2. eliminate utility bills,
  3. be earth friendly and
  4. grow your own vegetables year round in your own home
  • Earthship: n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills.
  • Biotecture: n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.

  • Eco- Dome

    • This film shows how a pile of earth, dug out from the building site, is turned into a small house called Eco – Dome (moon cocoon model), using soil and few other basic materials. California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (
    • It documents how professionals and students from many countries training at Cal-Earth Institute built this structure
    • It is intended for use with materials and tools developed for instruction during the apprenticeship retreat at Cal-Earth
    •’s Eco – Dome uses the Superadobe technology
  • Superadobe technology was first presented by the architect to NASA for lunar habitats; and now is used to build single or clustered homes on earth which are resistant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.
  • Environmental engineer, Patrick Bellew shares his experience of the past 20 years on how high performance buildings are forming the new target of zero-carbon solutions.

  • Engineering Sustainable Architecture
  • Anthills to Labyrinths:
  • Value Engineering means cost cutting
    • Labyrinth Performance – Summer: environmental performance of labyrinth
    • Earth Ducts: system of earth ducts are air intakes via concrete blue ducts or blue pipes that run underneath the ground  to connect with the air above ground for buildings with no air conditioning; to provide air conditioning in the summer: cool & comfortable with no refrigeration – very simple
    • Fenestration let building breathe: locate all windows perfectly aligned to minimize solar gain, amount of sunshine and direct sun falling on the spaces
    • Shallow geothermal wells: building powered by geothermal wells – pipes go down to thermal table to suck the water out and take the heat out as part of the heating system for the building resullting in a low energy system
    • Mixed Mode: naturally ventilates during spring and autumn and then controlled in summer and winter
  • Indirect evaporative cooling handling unit goes down to water table, and uses spray water to do same job of free cooling; and it’s all  rain water recycling
  • Eco-resort
  • Zero-Carbon Buildings
  • Shading systems – external shading systems – structure the shading of the glass- external shading to cover the building
  • Dessicant Dehumidification + Regeneration: dessicant cooling system; liquid dessicant – spray to dry the air out
  • Cooling by Waste Heat: waste heat from biomass;
    • take wood chippings;
    • dry this biomass out;
    • burn it in huge boiler;
    • drive turbine to generate power;
    • take waste heat from turbine;
    • take it to drying out dessicant;
    • energy from turbine goes into a conventional chiller which produces chill water that cools the space
  • Post-Climate Change Analysis on a building currently in the process of being built: avoiding climate change in the future by modeling and trying to project it 50 years in the future to predict what impact it has on a building
  • Transitional Insulation (lightest insulation)

“Environmental design is not an exact science – we can never be right. The question is…how wrong can we afford to be?” (by Hellman)

“If the success or failure of the planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do…What would I be? What would I do?” (by R. Buckminster Fuller)

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