Our Driving Concept

Permaculture and Regenerative Design:

  • the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
  • applicable to food, climate, energy, shelter, water, waste, emissions, etc.

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Why This is Important:

Current Building Methods:

-There are currently multiple environmental issues related to building practices:

  • consumption of up to one half the world’s physical resources
  • deforestation as a result of wood harvesting
  • disrupted wildlife habitat/ destruction of agricultural lands
  • pollution of air and water

-One of the biggest issues is the amount of pollution that results from building and the operation of inefficient buildings

  • Single family homes produce 26,000 lbs of CO2/ year on average
  • inefficient energy preservation leads to reliance on heating and cooling systems– attributed 286 lbs of CO2/ degree Celsius
  • the construction process creates still more pollution than the operational production

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There are many alternative building materials, with different levels of acceptance and feasibility. Some of the types are described here.

Issues with designing with Permaculture:

  • Violates building code to recover rain water to drink, composting smells, livestock problems in residential, difficulties with community resources,etc.
  • Current building code is incredibly prescriptive (although it is slowly changing to allow more sustainability).
  • Building industry and infrastructure are designed to rely on unsustainable practices.
  • Prospective buyers lack interest regenerative design.

There are currently many barriers to changing the methods of building:

  • subsidies on energy prices
  • division of the industry between design, building, and materials among various trades
  • limitations in financing
  • existing building codes– restrictions on natural materials/limiting to only experimental projects