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October 27, 2011

"Building with Awareness" (video review)


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Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home

While you may have learned in your childhood from the story of “The Three Little Pigs” that building your house with straw is not the best idea, Building with Awareness will refute that lesson and demonstrate how practical building a straw bale home can be. Designer Ted Owens aims to build his own hybrid home in New Mexico using low tech building materials, such as straw and adobe, along with such high tech materials as solar panels. Not only is his goal to create an environmentally friendly house, but also to create an aesthetically pleasing one. The film covers each of the steps, methods and materials Ted Owens uses: the laying of the foundation, the placement of the rainwater cistern, adobe construction, straw bale insulation, electrical wiring, earth plaster, and the final finishing touches. As an in-depth look at the building process the film serves as a helpful hybrid building tutorial. By the end Owens, along with other experts, have contributed to build a beautiful green home that no wolf would be able to blow down.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at October 27, 2011 10:00 AM

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