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Sustainability

Bamboo Technologies, LLC (Bamboo Living) design and manufacture structurally certified bamboo homes. Founded in 1995, Bamboo Technologies has produced over 350 homes in Hawaii and around the world. I spoke with founder David Sands about why bamboo is sustainable and a great building material. The speed at which it grows is a key reason why bamboo is sustainable. ... [Read more]

Back in 2012 Sam Judd gave his 'top ten eco-friendly gifts' for Christmas. Here's my updated list of eco Christmas gift ideas to make your home (or someone else's) a better place to live. Christmas time is a great time to be around family and to do some projects around the house. My tips for having ... [Read more]

I love Rich Williams' enthusiasm for what he does. Even if you don't live in the temperate climate of San Diego, you can learn a lot about the relevance of concepts like Passive House for a better performing home. Alliance Green Builders are dedicated to 'building tomorrow's homes for today'. As well as being Passive ... [Read more]

Marketing can be used in an 'evil' way, but Kristy Hoare always wanted to use her marketing skills for good. She's done this by helping to promote products that she believes can me the world better. As solar power and eco homes become more mainstream, it's increasingly important to have somewhere to find unbiased information, and that's ... [Read more]

The terms 'sustainability' and 'eco' are not obvious on Adam Taylor's website. They are there (see if you can find them). But perhaps the future of green design is embedded in good design. Not something separate. Among other things, Adam is a Homestar Practitioner. There's nothing particularly special about this nowadays, except when you consider that ... [Read more]

Sydney based firm, PIDCOCK - Architecture and Sustainability is focused on desirable, sustainable architecture. I love the tagline displayed proudly on their site - 'a life more sustainable'. Director, Caroline Pidcock was heading for a career as an engineer but says she fell in love with architecture, almost by accident and has loved the journey ever ... [Read more]

From selling cloth nappies and raising money for Greenpeace in her local community, Sue Riddlestone is now literally taking on the world. Through her organisation, Bioregional, Sue has consulted to the UK Prime Minister and the UN on sustainability and climate change policies. Sue's work on the sustainability policy for the 2012 Olympic Game, work ... [Read more]

The 10 Principles of One Planet Living

Polly Bart loves to get muddy. Despite having an undergraduate degree in architecture and a doctorate in city planning, Polly is not an architect. She's a builder and founder of Greenbuilders, Inc. She loves creating, lifting rock and building things. In fact, she loves it so much, she can't understand why everyone doesn't want to build things! ... [Read more]

Saskatchewan is right in the middle of Canada and is one of the coldest places where a large number of people live. Through his company, Vereco Homes, Ronn Lepage produces smart, green and beautiful homes. If it can be done in this harsh environment, surely it can be done wherever you live. I like any ... [Read more]

Davie Philip feels and lives like a rich man. He's an educator and facilitator at Cloughjordan (pronounced 'clock-jordan'), rated one of the top 10 places to live in Ireland. Cloughjordan Ecovillage contains 129 energy efficient houses. It features a biomass-fuelled district heating system and the whole village is designed for biodiversity. How the green building and ... [Read more]

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