Kailash Eco-village, Portland, Oregon, USA

  I had the great opportunity to stay at Kailash Eco-village for ten days in August last year. It was the last stop on my trip around eco-buildings in the USA and it did not disappoint. Kailash shares some similarities with Los Angeles Eco-Village – in that it is a deliberately urban project which enables … Continue reading Kailash Eco-village, Portland, Oregon, USA

Report on key findings from research: Affordable Eco-homes

  I have written an initial report from the research project looking at ways we can make eco-housing more affordable. Please download a copy from here: Eco-homes Report 2011 (1 MB). Please also feel free to redistribute it. You can also download higher resolution versions: Eco-homes Report 2011 (3 MB), Eco-homes Report 2011 (12 MB) The key findings about low cost eco-homes are that: ~ We need both a technical … Continue reading Report on key findings from research: Affordable Eco-homes

Low cost building methods: Compressed Earth Block Technology

To achieve low cost eco-housing we have to be creative in the methods, as well as materials, that we use to build houses. Compressed Earth Block construction has been around for many years and has been particularly used for low cost construction in the majority world (like Africa and Latin America). However it is just as … Continue reading Low cost building methods: Compressed Earth Block Technology

Los Angeles Eco-Village, California, USA

Centrally located between downtown LA and Hollywood, just behind one of the main road arteries of the city is Los Angeles Eco-Village. An oasis of calm and greenery the two blocks of 1920’s apartment buildings have been bought and converted by the group. Established in 1996 it is a long running and permanent fixture which … Continue reading Los Angeles Eco-Village, California, USA