Going green

I think one of the biggest problems that inventors of “green” or environmentally more responsible products face is getting builders to use their products. I might be wrong, but it seems that this is often the case. Usually such products are not as easily obtained and often cost more than what is nationally available for...

Why so Big?

So my little girls love to watch this show on ABC called “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Some of you may have heard about it. The idea behind the show is great, and it’s really neat to see people’s lives changed for the better. But i wonder sometimes if they go a little overboard with the...

The Plug and Play Modular Home

I’m an engineer so I’m always on the lookout for some new and interesting way to build a home. Wired has an article on the Plug and Play modular home: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.01/home1.html?pg=1&topic=home&topic_set= I have often wondered if the mass production methods used by the auto industry...

Harvesting Logs – Underwater

Reservoir - logging under water

Recovering lumber has become a big business in recent years. You can buy floors and posts made from old mines. There are social consequences to this recovery however. In Southeast Asia recovery of teak has resulted in a kind of identity crisis. A few summers ago I found myself looking at an old mine above...

How About Green Power for Your New Home

Southwest Windpower has been around for about 20 years, but I hadn’t heard of them until recently. They worked with the Department of Energy to produce a really cool wind powered generator for residential use. I don’t know that your neighbors in suburbia will love this going up in your backyard, but if you find...