Hastings Block Party

assemblyLine

Today was the start of the construction of an earth block shed for the Hastings Street community garden.  This is a proof of concept for earth block construction.  The manufacturing of the earth blocks is taking place from 9 to 5 on Hastings Street just West of Main.

stamping

The mixture Carol and her team are using is 10% cement, 40% clay, 25% gravel, and 25% sand.  Getting the water content just right is a bit more difficult.  Once the mixture is the correct consistency it is poured into a mold and stamped by hand.

mixer

Come on down tomorrow and learn how to make earth blocks and help build a garden shed for the Hastings Street Community Garden.  They have have everything you need including healthy snacks provided by Building Opportunities with Business.

materials

Green Building Reads

Over at the Green Economy Post, there is a top ten list of recent reports on green buildings.  This is a lot to read so they also summarize each article.  Article eight is a study of office buildings in Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland to try and prove that green architecture and energy retrofits actually increase the value of the building.  The report is authored by the Cascadia Green Building Council and is available for download from their website.

Recently some other individuals and organizations have expressed interest in contributing to this blog.  So perhaps look for some fresh voices and insights shortly.

Building your Green Building Brain

At DemoCamp 07, which took place last night at Workspace in Vancouver’s inner-city, a number of new web platforms, frameworks, tool kits, and websites were presented and discussed including staff from the maker of this blogging platform.  However the presentation of most interest to this blog’s audience and mandate is the open source, copyright free, information network being built around green buildings and green architecture called the Green Building Brain.

The Green Building Brain is the brain child of the Vancouver Design Nerds and Recollective.  They are looking for help in building their website, finding bugs, and suggestions on how to make the Green Building Brain a useful resource for professionals and folks interested in learning more about greening an existing building or designing and building a green building.

I think this is a record for using green and building in one post/paragraph.