Well I have intentions of erecting a Portal Frame Steel Shed… I’m not sure if you know about these, anyway just about every second house in Australia has one. So I have had the shed suppliers engineer design a 200sqm freestanding gable carport, once it’s erected I will straw bale infill the walls and I’ll use recycled door & windows etc.
so how was the course? did they give u info on wind? t
Well, the wall building techniques are very different to the “norm”
I’ve been an alternative building fanatic for 20years; I guess my attraction is difficult to explain without these words; natural, hands-on, machine less, gratifying, imperfect, low impact, harmonious, achievable, sustainable.
I recently I brought rural land, I had a choice of 19 blocks, so I brought one half way up a ridge, on east N.E facing slope away form the extremely hot 14hr western sun & protected from the relentless freezing west S.W winter wind. Also in our location we only have 10hrs of direct sun with cool breezes…hehehe
Oh… Now in Australia “Communal Living” is the way of the future, there fully integrated communities i.e. the have there own private collages, shopping centres, medical surgery, parks, sporting facilities, bike paths, veterinarians blah blah etc.
One of these developers “DELFIN” is a huge Australia wide company.
So the point I’m making is they have also allowed some people to build straw bale houses, though with a very strict developer / council building covenant.
The main point I’m making is the authorities are “NOW” acknowledging/allowing renewable sustainable building practices / materials in our “Suburbs”, where as before this was frowned upon event in far away “hippy” type communities. Defin link below
and im trying to use blender for what i used to do in 3dmax and the other ‘big boys’ do u know?
I used Sketchup to do my house plans, shadow designs etc, are you familiar with it? Its simplicity and accuracy is unbeatable with its real-time shadowing abilities.
I get architectural inspirations from here http://www.pushpullbar.com/index.php
But I don’t know of those peoples you referred to in your post though.