different ways of building green
a traditional Cape reed ceiling using Typha capensis
This page is an umbrella page that will link you to information on green building and buildings. Nothing is more important than the greenness of the structure itself, the materials and building methods, whether it be your home or another type of building.
Time has a greening effect, and you can reduce your carbon footprint and the use of fired materials like bricks, tiles, metal and cement, and irreplaceable resources like marble, by buying an old house and not renovating at all. You can also reduce your footprint in energy and space by building as small as possible and constructing micro homes, or even using take this a step further and build with recycled industrial material such as shipping containers, which can even be bought ready made and converted to go off grid. You can use recycled building materials for new structures, for house walls and paving. You can learn to build with clay and other eco friendly, low energy materials, and observe how materials like clay have stood the test of time. You can use renewable natural organic materials such as carbon sequestering thatch, and reeds for roofs and other structures.
There is also the possibility of using living green roofing, a multipurpose approach in which carbon absorption, insulation, city hotspot and rain water runoff amelioration, growing food, creating recreational urban space and exquisite beauty can be combined. A further way to reduce the carbon footprint of your building operation is to use light weight domes, the way most economical with materials to enclose a space. Reading about the real inventors of domes is historically interesting, and full of surprises. Equip yourself with knowledge of the beautiful mathematics of geodesic dome geometry, and even its presence in nature.