Category Archive: Open Source Building

Sep 14

Energy Free Buildings

So what makes a building sustainable? Wikipedia defines Green Building here…  Does this definition make sense to you? I hung on the word efficiency as a cop out.  Efficiency means to limit consumption of external resources – minimize waste. How cool is elimination of the need for external energy altogether?  Think of a house as a free-standing energy system – without … Continue reading Energy Free Buildings

Apr 28

Why is it hard to find cool builds?

Green Jazz In today’s world where everybody is super jazzed about green building you’ve probably noticed something very strange…. Why is it so hard to find a cool project to work on? Where are all those ultra-cool green projects that ought to exist? How come all the projects that claim to be so green are … Continue reading Why is it hard to find cool builds?

Oct 12

Bandsaw 101

Using a portable bandsaw mill looks easy – just put the log in the cradle and cuta away. Well… Not so much. After a mountain of scrap, and probably 20 hours of unnecessary cuts – I eventually dialed in a method of efficiently cutting a log. This tutorial enables a beginner with a bandsaw mill […]

Oct 09

Download the Design Here

Here is the link to download the sketchup model of the house.   Sketchup is a great freeware 3D modeling program formerly owned by google. It is now managed by a group out of Boulder. It’s a great program. When I invested the 2 weeks of long days building the model, I often wondered if […]