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Alternatives to concrete for a flat roof

I am from India and planning to build a house with as little cement, steel and sand as possible. I am looking to keep the temperature inside the home to be minimal since temperature will touch around ...
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Choice between Expanded or Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Boards

Am living in Lahore, Pakistan, and these days in process of my house construction. Note, here locally we have concrete flat roofs. Summer time maximum temperature upto 50C, and in winters minimum ...
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Are red cedar posts a viable option for freshwater dock pilings?

We are installing a platform/dock on a small freshwater pond. The property has a great amount of red cedar available for our use. How long could we expect red cedar posts to last if used as pilings? ...
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Can we compare superadobe earthbags to concrete construction?

For simplicity, lets stick to a concrete block bunker with a tin roof, as these are our direct competitors here. I have seen a lot of comparisons about seismic activity, fire resistance, and cost, ...
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Legalities of compost toilets [duplicate]

Is there any compost toilet that is legal for new construction? Assuming the answer is no, will there ever be?
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Would it be possible to recycle all plastic into bricks and use them for building or insulation?

I've had this idea for a few years and wonder if it would be feasible. Rather than simply recycling bottles and bags in blue bins, if there could be a way to melt down all types of plastic and mold ...
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How would keystone pipeline affect nature?

I know that the legislature for the project was not passed, but only by one vote in the senate. If it were to pass, would the pipeline just wipe out miles of nature, or do politicians have any concern ...
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How to construct a composting toilet

I want to built a composting toilet. What are the main construction aspects to be considered? Does anyone have a manual to share? I am especially interested in construction schemes which include the ...
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Open Source DIY Architecture Alternatives?

After watching this video I felt really inspired and started thinking that it would be a great idea if we could research the same idea more and develop a way to make it easy enough for anyone to build ...
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How can I build an effective rotary composter?

I have a fenced in back yard and I am thinking about building a rotary composter. What is a good and proven design? (I would like it to be big enough for a 4 person house)
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Should municipalities consider rain barrels to be suitable substitutes for rain gardens? (Rain barrel vs rain garden)

My county requires rainwater management to be incorporated into lot plans for new construction if a certain percentage of the lot is impervious. This seems a sensible measure. We are under the ...
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What is the least dusty Earthen Plaster mixture to use on interior walls?

What Earthen Plaster mixture is least dusty for use on interior walls? The Earthen plasters I've seen, usually some mixture of earth, manure (horse or cow) and sand are pretty dusty. They work, but, ...
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What is the most effective mixture of soil and amendments to use with Open Source Ecology's compressed earth brick press?

What is the best input mixture to produce cohesive, strong bricks when using Open Source Ecology's compressed earth brick press? I've heard that lime and sand should be added to help brick ...
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What alternatives to Polypropylene bags could be used in Earthbag construction?

Given that Polypropylene bags are still a plastic product and not very biodegradable or earth friendly, if Earthbag construction became widely used how could this method be improved upon even further? ...
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Before drilling a well, how can I determine any water table impact?

I own a property that has no water service and thus I need to drill a well. My neighbors have expressed concern about the water table being lowered by too many people with wells in the area. Before ...