Regenerative Building and Natural Building

It’s not yet widely known that the construction industry is a huge source of pollution and waste. Additionally, chemical sensitivities are increasingly common. Many of the fibers and materials people use in business buildings and homes offgas chemicals. The transport and packaging of these materials also creates a lot of waste.

“According to new research by construction blog Bimhow, the construction sector currently contributes 23% of air pollution, 50% of the climate change causing waste products, 40% of drinking water pollution, and 50% of landfill wastes. In separate research by the U.S. Green Building Council, the construction industry accounts for 40% of worldwide energy usage, not including ongoing energy use.” (via The Abundant Edge)

Natural building methods and regenerative building reference traditional building techniques used in place-specific cultures. Cobb building, hempcrete, and bamboo construction are three examples of this. Mycelium-based insulation from mushrooms is another example. Whatever building materials are used, it is also possible to design buildings that are net zero and net positive in terms of energy useage.

This wiki article is an index of techniques and resources for further information, as well as organizations that focus on this space.


Regenerative Culture Examples

TLDR; It’s about nurturing and creativity, + circular systems that build life, as opposed to extractive ones that create sickness and inequality.

Holistic

Creative Arts

P2P Economy

Global Justice

Community Health

Earth Stewardship

Sustainable Technology:

Collective Wisdom

Rocket Stoves

Rocket Stoves

What Are They?

A rocket stove is an efficient, hot burning stove that uses an insulated vertical chimney and can run on small branches.

Why Make One?

They use less fuel and create less emissions. It’s possible to make one yourself, and they can be used for a variety of situations, from heating a home, as a hot water heater, or for cooking.

How to Make a Rocket Stove: