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Key Considerations for Building Affordable Housing

By Owen Geiger 

Building housing projects in developing regions is extremely rewarding, but also quite challenging. It’s prudent to draw ideas from as many resources as possible to improve the process. The following guidelines have proven effective.


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GE Unveils Unique Hybrid Halogen-CFL Light Bulb Coming in 2011


Double Pole Roofs

By Owen Geiger 

This article describes an alternative roof design for those building in areas without building codes. A little extra effort working with poles will reward you with a stunningly beautiful wood ceiling and superinsulated roof at very reasonable cost.


Nontoxic Pest Control

By Barbara Pleasant

Keep spiders and other crawling bugs out of your house by using a nontoxic pest control: diatomaceous earth.


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Mortgage Mess Was Avoidable

By Owen Geiger 

The thousands of families who have built affordable homes, cash up front, made of earthbags, straw bales, cordwood, cob and rammed tires are not in danger of losing their homes in the current mortgage crisis.


LEED for Homes: Guaranteed Green?

By Peter Yost

Learn what it means to have LEED-certified home and about the LEED for Homes program that started in 2008.


Local Materials, Small Designs and DIY Labor Equals Sustainable and Affordable Housing

By Owen Geiger 

What does it take to build truly sustainable houses – the kind people really want and can afford? If you build small and use natural building materials, then most likely you’ll be able to build your own home in a reasonable amount of time for cash.


Earthbag Building: The Next Big Thing?

By Owen Geiger 

Earthbag building has just received engineering approval. This is probably the greatest news ever for earthbag building. With engineer-approved plans, we see unlimited potential for earthbag building for homes, shops, schools, you name it.



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