Bruce King Blog

Thoughts on low-carbon, healthy building practices

A warning about straw bale building

  STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION, that quirky American invention from a century ago, has now spread all over the world, and is unfolding into an array of fire-resistant, climate-healing building solutions. . . . . and its great revival began 30 years ago, sparked by just a handful of innovative pioneers. Most of them gathered in the mountains south o...
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Global Climate Action Summit

HOW MANY TIMES can you say and hear "carbon" in a conversation before your brain melts?  We're here at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and will soon find out.Against the backdrop of the biggest hurricane in recent times sauntering up to Carolina's doorstep, and forest fires still burning and smoking up and down the...
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Green building’s dark secret—and new allure

© Bruce King March 28, 2018 First the bad news: net zero isn't net zero.Not even close. We have worked out how to build a house or school or even large office building so well that it can generate at least as much energy as it uses while still keeping things lit, comfortable and safe. Great progress, for sure, and what's not to like about a no-cost...
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