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#297462 - 07/07/09 02:47 PM Re: Green Roofs [Re: RC21]
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I will google for results of these green roofs and how popular they are in high humidity areas.

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#313675 - 11/13/09 06:22 AM Maple Leaf - putting up a 3-story condo in a week - impressive.
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I went to Maple Leaf web site to see mini mobile homes, bigger than my 248 SF travel trailer by about 300 SF but still small and efficient...and no tanks to worry about.

Once there, I found these worker bees with the cranes. Look at photos to see this 9-unit, 3-story condominium these guys put up in a week. Imagine someone who went on vacation and then came back to work after a week and saw that complex along the same route they drive every day. They may thnk they need another vacation. Check out the web site below.

http://www.mlhomes.nb.ca/home-plans/content/3982#bigPic

Maple Leaf has built remote mining camps, flight training schools, resort lodging, so they must be quite good at what they do. Located in New Brunswick, they also have retailers in the New England states. I would like to watch something like that condo going up.

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#345279 - 07/25/10 05:45 AM STRANGE OR UNIQUE HOMES & STRUCTURES
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Sometimes we have posts for structures that are just way out there and most folks would not consider living in them even if they had an opportunity. We have also had some very shocking (for want of a better word) buildings discussed on here. Let's put these strange or unique homes and structures in this thread.

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#345281 - 07/25/10 06:02 AM Re: The Dynamic Tower [Re: Darlene Bitner]
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No update on the tower...I'm going to have to dig a little deeper to find out the status. The current downturn in the economy over there may be holding up construction.

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#350461 - 09/05/10 09:32 AM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Vermont]
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This one isn't green at this time of year, as the Herbs and Spices ripen . . . . but it was green earlier in the year:

Fresh from the Roof: Doesn't get better than that !
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#350465 - 09/05/10 10:00 AM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Vermont]
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Now that is just gorgeous. That is postcard perfect. I am really loving all this alternative housing stuff. I am looking for some EcoBrokers and Green Brokers (NAR) to come aboard and post. Bet they haven't seen a house that beautiful in any neighborhood.

Dale, this may interest you. Have you ever heard of Green Drinks, a no dues organization that meets monthly in a lot of cities...folks with some interest in or some career in the environmental field? I just came across it a short while back and looked up Houston and found we had no chapter. Well, now we do and I'm working on our logo as I type this. No dues, no heavy rules, very informal, lots of fun and networking with folks from all areas. You may have a chapter up there. If not, start one up. Great way to meet people, I'm thinking. Go see their logos on www.greendrinks.org

Did you get any bad weather or are you a little too west for the storm? We are watching Gaston and something just below the Texas border. September 10 is the peak and after that, chances are less. Bet a lot of folks in New England were surprised.

Thanks for the neat photo. Bet a lot of folks in Texas would be surprised to see the scenery up there...we don't have that around the Coast.


Edited by Darlene Bitner (09/05/10 10:01 AM)

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#350473 - 09/05/10 11:26 AM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Darlene Bitner]
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Originally Posted By: Darlene Bitner
". . . Did you get any bad weather or are you a little too west for the storm? . . . "

No we're too far in from the Coast, and too high up to get flooding. Sometimes we feel a little tremor from a Quebec Earthquake . . . . but we don't have any Volcanoes or Hurricanes or Tornadoes. Hardly any Smog or Acid Rain, and too wet for Forest Fires or Dust Storms, and not many Drive-By Shootings or Car Jackings either. Riots in the Cities don't happen here cuz we don't have Cities. We hardly have any fun things. That's why I'm in Real Estate.

Sometimes people get so bored that they resort to domestic violence or just feuding with the neighbors . . . . if you're lucky enough to have neighbors. We chased that Communist Bernie Sanders off to Washington so we hardly have him to kick around here, and we miss that Howard Dean's hollering; but guess I'm glad he's gone too.

Green Drinks sounds like a good club for people in the Green Mountain State: No Dues, No Rules, and No People. Probably No Meetings either ?
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#350477 - 09/05/10 12:22 PM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Vermont]
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It all sounds good except the earthquakes...but we all have to have something to keep us humble. A few tremors might be a good trade off to get the clean air...and that is good about no acid rain.

I did peek at some of the greendrinks meeting photos...everyone looked like they were mixing and having a good time. I'm putting a coffee cup in my logo next to the traditional martini glass that the other organizers use. I have to say that their logos are really clever...I hate to do mine myself but it can always be upgraded. I'm just sending the coffee cup message that everyone is welcome. Since I'm in Houston, I can probably muster up a decent size group. If you started one, you may be missing a few people with all that open land. You might have to break down and invite Bernie and Dean. After working for the city councilmembers for a while in the 80's, I can tell you these politicians know how to network at a party. Some would go to their opponent's fundraiser and try to recruit voters. Surely the gracious folks in New England would not resort to such a harsh campaign method. Dean is known for his fundraising, though, so you could count on him showing up. Uh, I just checked on Bernie and he's giving a Labor Day barbeque. Some interesting neighbors you have up there...and entertaining...but are you sure you don't live in Texas, what with the feuding neighbors and a barbecueing senator? It sounds like Texas to me. There go my images of the turning of the leaves and the smell of fresh air...I can stay home and smell barbecue. Ha, ha. Of course we are both just kidding...don't want to freak out anyone.

Well, while I was typing this, I decided to abandon the coffee cup AND the martini glass. I just don't have the skill to add those yet. It took all night just to get where I am now and I am beat AND hungry. For some reason, I seem to have a craving for barbecue.

Enjoy your Sunday in beautiful Vermont and post some more of those beautiful homes when you get time.

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#351828 - 09/19/10 02:36 AM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Vermont]
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Go to www.faroeislands.com and check out the gallery of photos of this Danish island NW of Scotland...absolutely gorgeous homes. The goat in the link is happy with his current green roof restaurant and would probably not like to be locked out by an insulated new-age roofing product over a house, a garage or even a backyard shed. He doesn't even look like he minds the cold.

For some interesting info I picked up on the net about the Faroe Islands, Danish building codes and world-wide housing demands, go to Buidling Codes thread and look for my post for today.


Edited by Darlene Bitner (09/19/10 03:03 AM)

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#351837 - 09/19/10 10:32 AM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Darlene Bitner]
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I used your link to see the Goat on the Roof; but got the response:

Unfortunately the page you are looking for can not be found on

www.faroeislands.com

The page has possibly been deleted.


Maybe you could post the individual photo ?
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#351863 - 09/19/10 09:38 PM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Vermont]
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Dale, I just clicked on the link I posted and it came up, then I clicked on the link you posted and it came up. It's crazy that stuff like that happens but it does...and too often. I will look for a photo site and try to get the pics posted soon. I would prefer to get a working link in a post because the photos have this type caption under them: Copyrights © Permission is required from photographer to reproduce photos. Photo: Ólavur Fredriksen / www.faroephoto .com.

Would it work if you typed in www.faroeislands.com into your browser? If you get in, just sit on the home page and wait while the pics stream by. Sometimes the goat is the first one you see. I'm calling these things goats but they don't look like the cute little goats that live next door to me. The houses are the real reason to view this site... it's interesting to see how others live. This is indeed one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. Naturally, they would not post any unpleasant photos but dang, this place is breathtaking even if it did not have any scenery...just the homes and neighborhoods kept me viewing the screen.
If you get in, let me know what you think of the photos. Honestly, you may not be too impressed because of where you live...in New England...but a goat on a roof and some beautiful neighborhoods will keep my attention...it beats looking at refineries and flood control ditches.

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#353302 - 10/04/10 04:05 PM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Darlene Bitner]
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Vermont - I absolutely love that house.

I keep reading more and more about straw houses. I just assumed that they stayed in the "straw" form where twigs would be poking out but apparently they cover them in plaster anyway so it ends up looking like a normal everyday house. Not quite like the picture you're showing there.
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#353312 - 10/04/10 05:30 PM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Kristi Leak]
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We have/had quite a few Straw Bale homes constructed around here. I even recall some Bank Appraisers calling to help them place a value on such construction, and the State Fire Marshall trying to suggest enhanced Code for dealing with them.

Most give the appearance of being just like any other house, typically stuccoed as you said, with walls often 18" to 32" thick. Gosh, I'm going past one tomorrow that I might even get permission to take a picture of . . . . an Octagonal or almost Round Straw Bale house, kind'a like a Yurt out on the Plains/Tundra of Siberian Asia or a Hooghan used as a Dwelling Place by some American Native Peoples like the Choctaw, Pawnee or even the Navajo.

But ours do tend to get more than their share of wildlife, instinctively drawn to the warmth within: Mice and Moles, Shrews and Voles, Rats, Snakes, and other vermin who've come to enjoy being in close proximity to Humans. "Those walls are alive with the Sound of WildLife", as they travel their little internal thoroughfares, frequently gnawing new entryways to the part that the humans are heating . . . . and where they try to stow away their food.

If I can take a photo tomorrow, I'll post it. I sold the humans their land . . . . so they shouldn't shoot me; but I've been wrong before.
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#353906 - 10/08/10 08:44 AM Re: Green Roofs [Re: Kristi Leak]
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Originally Posted By: Kristi Leak
I just assumed that they stayed in the "straw" form where twigs would be poking out but apparently they cover them in plaster anyway so it ends up looking like a normal everyday house. Not quite you're showing there.

That picture above is not a straw bale house; just a roof that supports a crop of Herbs and Spices.

Here's a real Straw Bale House on a 50 Acre Lot I sold a few years ago. They're off the grid with photo voltaic power and a lot of thermal solar contribution. I don't know the exact thickness of the Straw Bales that are under that Stucco:









I need to also ask if they're into harvesting the manure from those bovines that are pictured, and converting it to methane for an additional heat/power source. The Turret/Silo isn't constructed with Straw Bales; but is a simple framed structure framed with regular old lumber.
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#371791 - 04/06/11 05:24 AM Re: Maple Leaf - putting up a 3-story condo in a week - impressive. [Re: Darlene Bitner]
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[quote=Darlene Bitner]I went to Maple Leaf web site to see mini mobile homes, bigger than my 248 SF travel trailer by about 300 SF but still small and efficient...and no tanks to worry about.

Once there, I found these worker bees with the cranes. Look at photos to see this 9-unit, 3-story condominium these guys put up in a week. Imagine someone who went on vacation and then came back to work after a week and saw that complex along the same route they drive every day. They may thnk they need another vacation. Check out the web site below.

http://www.mlhomes.nb.ca/home-plans/content/3982#bigPic

Maple Leaf has built remote mining camps, flight training schools, resort lodging, so they must be quite good at what they do. Located in New Brunswick, they also have retailers in the New England states. I would like to watch something like that condo going up.

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Very cool find. Would be very interested to talk to these guys. I've own a number of low and middle income multi-family housing properties over the years (with moderate success)... and I've always been very curious about quick build modularity. I think that if you can cut down on the time to build, then obviously there's an opportunity to help on the margins and low waste at the construction site means lower cost to haul it out... hmmm. Very nice find. Bookmarked it.

Thank You,

Ken

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