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Shelter/Green Building

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
-- William Morris

"You know you have perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away."
-- Antoine de Saint Exupery

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Since there are many well-known references on conventional building techniques, we concentrate here on less conventional ways of building.

Green Building Topics

"Green" financing

Suppliers (a few out of many)

  • The Collins Companies website describes the Collins Companies' history and philosophy, and the importance of their certified forests, which Collins calls their "Journey to Sustainability".
  • Designtex offers innovative textiles, wallcoverings and surface solutions for any environment. They are a manufacturer of sustainable and microbial upholstery.
  • Forbo Flooring is a supplier of linoleum products composed of renewable raw materials.
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  • Terra Green Ceramics is a manufacturer of tile composed of recycled glass products.

Local "green" contractors

  • Precision Structural Engineering, Inc., Nabil Taha's civil engineering firm in Klamath Falls, was the first firm in southern Oregon to offer expertise in alternative construction. They have designed many straw-bale and alternative buildings, including examples mentioned in the section "vernacular construction".
  • Seasons Change LLC is a Klamath Basin HVAC contractor working primarily in the area of upgrading home energy systems.
  • Eco-Solar is one of the premier alternative-energy contractors in southern Oregon. They design and install solar energy systems, and also do electrical work in Oregon. They were a main sponsor of forums concerning home energy retrofits that took place in Klamath during 2010 and 2011.

"Green" designers & designs

  • Precision Structural Engineering, Inc., Nabil Taha's civil engineering firm in Klamath Falls, was the first firm in southern Oregon to offer expertise in alternative construction. They have designed many straw-bale and alternative buildings, including examples mentioned in the section "vernacular construction".
  • Miriam Landman is an advisor and consultant on green building, and more generally on issues of sustainability.
  • Dept. of Energy info on building design
  • Design Outlaws strives to promote non-conventional thinking, courageous vision, and positive actions in ways relevant to the ecological design community. They have published a video and a book describing their ideas. Both are available at the Kl Co Libe.
  • PBS _E2_ series, Gray to Green episode, is about recycling some of Boston's humongous mess of stuff from their Big Dig, some creative people used some to build a house! Just the trailer here, plus the script of the discussion.
  • A new urban village checklist

LEED buildings and the US Green Building Council

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Greed to Green David Gottfried Book Green Building ILL (KSC if enough interest) Memiors of David Gottfried, who more or less single-handledly created the US Green Building Council, then the World Building Council. The LEED standards were developed by the USGBC.

Other organizations

  • The Klamath Solar Association meets at 6PM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the public meeting room at the Main Library. Their meetings often feature presentations on topics of alternative energy or sustainable building.
  • The Florida Design Initiative attempts to help reorient the building industry toward construction of high-performance, energy-efficient buildings.
  • Builders Without Borders is an international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction.
  • Cascadia GBC is the US Green Building Council's 'branch' in the Pacific north-west, and is also a member of the Canada GBC. They have a 'leaf' in the Klamath Basin.
  • Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre is a non-profit dedicated to advancing green building and the sustainable infrastructure.

Publications

  • Buiding Green.com is a publishing company centered around the green building industry. They publish Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec product directory, LEED user documentation, etc.

Other resources

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