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Would it be possible to recycle all plastic into bricks and use them for building or insulation?

It's definitely possible to recycle plastic and create LEGO-like building blocks. In fact several houses have already been built this way! In 2010 a Colombian architect called Oscar Mendez had the ...
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Would it be possible to recycle all plastic into bricks and use them for building or insulation?

At present the plastic waste stream can be diverted into multi-color goo mixed with wood chips and be extruded into synthetic fence posts. Ugly as sin, but better than nothing, and I think that for ...
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Can we compare superadobe earthbags to concrete construction?

Sustainability is a complex thing, not least because there are a lot of different meanings attached to it. This question goes into that a little more. So unless you define what you mean by "...
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Choice between Expanded or Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Boards

This article describes the difference: EPS is formed as beads (as used in cushions) then heated and pressed together XPS is formed as a sheet or whatever final shape is desired. So EPS will break up ...
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How to construct a composting toilet

We live in a household of 5, and have 2 composting toilets. Whatever solution you choose, the biggest hurdle we have found is the cost of heating the waste to increase the evaporation rate. As we live ...
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How would keystone pipeline affect nature?

The problem is not the pipeline itself. Large pipelines are standard engineering. The disruption is fairly short term. The problem is that it would make a ready market for Canadian Oilsand oil to ...
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How to construct a composting toilet

If you have a sufficient yard area, a composting dry-toilet can be easily built as a very simple facility. create a composting pile - you will require at least 2, and better 3 composting piles in ...
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How to construct a composting toilet

Although I have not made my own composting toilet, I have been interested in the idea. I've heard that waste can be collected in a bucket (typically a 5-gallon) beneath the toilet hole. Peat moss ...
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Which countries, regions, or cities have banned natural gas in new construction?

In the Netherlands gas boilers have been banned in new construction since 2018. In the UK and Austria gas boilers will be banned in new construction from 2025.
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verifies forest management practices and Chain of Custody (CoC) of forest products. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification applies to manufacturers, processors and ...
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

There are simultaneous calls for not using paper in any form because it causes deforestation, but when it comes to building and making products from wood it is considered environmentally sustainable, ...
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Dimensions for greenhouse to feed a family of 4?

So the 2 acre thing - well - it's a stake in the ground. If you are using traditional methods...I don't think it's actually very far off. I also agree with a previous comment/assumption - where's ...
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

I can't give any precise number here, but using wood for a long lifetime product (housing, some furniture, etc) is actually a form of carbon storage (though maybe not the most efficient). Whereas ...
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Which countries, regions, or cities have banned natural gas in new construction?

Almost certainly Aotearoa will phase in a ban from 2025. Currently a draft plan but likely to go ahead: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/green-business/124127933/choosing-gas-for-new-homes-could-be-...
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Which countries, regions, or cities have banned natural gas in new construction?

In the United States Many cities in the U.S. state of California The Sierra Club has a list of 42 cities in California that have implemented some form of ban on natural gas in new construction. The ...
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Alternatives to concrete for a flat roof

Maybe you could use natural building materials? Do you have access to lots of clay and straw/other fibres? If so, then maybe cob would be an option? Look around, see what sort of natural materials ...
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Are red cedar posts a viable option for freshwater dock pilings?

Cedar fence posts work about as well as pressure treated ones, 25 years or so. I think I would derate that somewhat due to constant circulation of water around them. Estimate of 15 years. Factors: ...
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Would it be possible to recycle all plastic into bricks and use them for building or insulation?

There is a man in Cameroon who has been melting plastic bags and molding them into paving stones. He has been doing this for 15 years. He adds sand to the melted plastic. See the full story at: ...
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How to construct a composting toilet

One method of making a composting toilet is to connect the outlet of a regular flush toilet to a ~1 cubic meter flowbin (just a container with an inlet at the top and outlet at the lowest point). And ...
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Dimensions for greenhouse to feed a family of 4?

Way too much depends on your circumstances. Start with a small one -- 15 x 20 or 24 x 40. In general larger greenhouses are easier to keep at even temperatures. If you're not sure, get the wider ...
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