Some of you know I’m a little bit of a permaculture fanatic, so I like to interject some of these concepts where I can. Today I wanted to share a neat project going on over at permies.com’s forum. It’s called a Wofati house and essentially it is an wooden structure that uses post and beam techniques that is then mostly buried under dirt to provide thermal mass. The big concept here is that the house is optimized for solar gain and uses a large thermal mass to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The design was inspired by Mike Oehler’s design and is touted to be pretty inexpensive.
Here are a few fun songs/raps on permaculture. If you aren’t familiar with permaculture, it essentially is a school of thought on how to design your environment to mimic nature and create a sustainable habitat that will improve the land for future generations. We take this school of thought and apply it to our houses, gardens, food, surroundings etc. Permaculture has three ethics: Care for the earth, Care for the people, Take only your fair share.
Permaculture also has 12 principles:
1) Observe and Interact
2) Catch and Store Energy
3) Obtain a Yield
4) Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback
5) Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
6) Produce No Waste
7) Design from Patterns to Details
8 ) Integrate Rather than Segregate
9) Use Small and Slow Solutions
10) Use and Value Diversity
11) Use Edges and Value the Marginal
12) Creatively Use and Respond to Change