From void into vision, from vision to mind, from mind into speech, from speech to the tribe, from the tribe into din.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Zero Net Energy - January 19, 2018

Clovis, CA net zero energy development

The Zero House - Zero net energy, Zero carbon footprint, Zero toxins, Zero construction waste

Transforming the Real Estate Market: Scaling Net-Zero Energy Homes at No Additional Up-front Cost

REACT home produces its own energy and food

Net zero residence built out of recycled materials

Innenco says they can reduce existing buildings' energy use by 58-90% using the buildings’ own thermal mass, heat pumps, and chillers

Oxford, UK plans zero emissions zone for vehicles

Passivhaus for 6,500 people
from the Eco Architect blog about all things Passivhaus

Reversible tent design for homeless

Net zero building over-view 2018

More Than Housing in Zurich, Switzerland, with 13 buildings, nearly 400 housing units, 35 retail units and large shared community spaces built to 2000 Watt per person standard where 1,200 residents and 150 employees live and work

Maersk Tower in Copenhagen with "Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories"
Editorial Comment:  Living in Cambridge, MA, the energy-efficiency of laboratories is of increasing importance as we work towards becoming a zero emissions city

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

DIY Solar Systems for Puerto Rico and Other Emergencies or Disasters

Jehu Garcia is designing and explaining how to build DIY simple solar systems for Puerto Rico and other emergencies on Youtube: 

$400 solar system 

$500 solar system 

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Checking in with the World's Winds

I like to see the maps of the Arctic Jet Stream every day or so (
They look like dragons and other creatures
chasing each other around the North Pole.

Then I look at the Global Map of Wind, Weather, and Ocean conditions (
which animates the winds and ocean currents in what seems like real-time
in full color
coded according to the speed.
I look for where the rare red winds are.

Usually, last, I pull up the World Cloud Cover map (
to see how it relates to the other two images
and make sure the equatorial rainforests are
still making rain.

Sometimes, late at night 
I look at the Northern Lights 
from the Churchill, Manitoba Northern Studies Centre live camera (
Even when the Northern Lights aren’t shining,
I’ll often just
listen to the sounds
of that distant wind.

It reminds me where I live.