2013 Sustania 100 – Part 1 Building Sector

This post is intended to be read alongside this publication.

My impressions, thoughts and comments on the innovations in the 2013 Sustania 10o, an “annual guide to 100 innovative solutions from around the world that presents readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable transformation.”

Read their page first then come to me. EDIT: Last year’s winners Azuri presented at the EWB Massive Small Change Conference I already wrote up  my impression on their 2012 winner in the last paragraph of a previous post.

Part 1 Building Sector

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Devon Double Hexayurt

Nick

EDIT: Link to Nick’s Blog

One problem with categorising dates by the weekends i.e  “First weekend in June” is you forget what other events approximate to it, such as a friend’s birthday. So where was I instead of reconnecting with old friends? In a field, in Devon, with a bunch of strangers. I will be vague with names since I cannot recall which individuals requested not to be photographed and uploaded.

Meet Nick. Nick has been living in a field for a few months. He decided he would like to live off-grid in a sustainable fashion and that his housing solution would be a Hexayurt. We were supposed to build it in December with the aid of wind, rain, and limited daylight but that had to be delayed. In the meanwhile Nick lived in a van, and we waited for the sun.
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From the Bottom Up

I had to answer some questions in an application recently. I thought the answers were blog worthy.

Describe the world as it is. (a description of the status quo and context in which you will be working)

Stresses to infrastructure arise when it is asked to supply more than it can deliver. Sometimes this is an explosion of need following disastrous events, or it can be a slow build up as the old infrastructure falls behind due to increased demand or diminished capacity. Failure to expand can be caused by technological, physical, financial or governance limitations

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It can be that simple

This blog is starting to become only about the hexayurt, however I want it to be about how low tech can save the world. It is often too easy to try to fall into the trap that some new fancy technology (cold fusion) is gonna solve all of our ailments. Maybe it will but what really gets me buzzing is not the anti mosquito laser turrets. It is the stuff that makes me think, “It can’t be that simple”. The hexayurt is one of them, using a foot of insulation in homes is another. However, I don’t think I have ever seen one as midbogglingly simple and world changing as this one. Continue reading